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Use a Breast Pump to Stop Baby Breast Feeding

Updated on July 12, 2011

If you want to stop breastfeeding, but you still want your baby to get the benefits of breast milk, using a breast pump may be the answer. There is not much advice online about how to stop breastfeeding

On the Internet, tips on how to stop breastfeeding will be buried beneath pages and pages of pro-breastfeeding advice. It’s true that breastfeeding is wonderful for mother and baby—when it works. It’s also true that sometimes breastfeeding does not work and when a woman asks, how do I stop breastfeeding, she needs answers.

Weaning a child is an intimate decision between you and your baby. Only you and your baby know when to stop breastfeeding. Trust your instincts and don't let anyone make it for you.

Once you begin to feed your breast milk to your baby through a bottle, you'll be surprised how quickly the little traitor switches loyalty. Your baby loves breast milk, but the easier flow of a bottle makes it even easier to consume. You can pump as often as you need to in order to maintain the same breast milk supply (or even increase breast milk production) or you can gradually start to introduce formula into your baby’s diet, depending on if your goal is weaning or simply getting the baby off your breast and onto pumped milk.

Overcoming Breastfeeding Challenges

Baby breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your health and the health of the baby. The benefits of breastfeeding include giving your baby perfect  nutrition at a low cost as well as providing crucial antibodies to fight against illness and infection. If your reason for wanting to stop baby breastfeeding is because of difficulty breastfeeding, there are many ways to overcome challenges, including using a breast pump to soothe engorged breasts and cracked nipples. These painful conditions can turn what is supposed to be an enjoyable experience for mother and child into a painful chore.

Deciding when to stop breastfeeding is so personal. Talk to other mothers, get the facts, get support for your decision. Once you've made your choice, feel good about it. And if you still can't decide, consider this - if your kid can hold a cookie in one hand, and grab your breast in the other, it may be time!

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  • Lela Davidson profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela Davidson 

    9 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Thank you, msornesson! Breastfeeding is difficult and well worth effort. Every mother and child need to make the decision. Using a breast pump is a good way to get breast milk into the baby when there are circumstances that prevent a good latch. Thanks for your comment!

  • msorensson profile image


    9 years ago

    I only breastfed for one day. I delivered one month early and I had to leave my son at the hospital for 5 days.

    During that time, he got used to the bottle and I did not want him hungry so I just fed him with the bottle instead of forcing him how to learn to breast feed.

    If I were to do it all over again, I would have forced him to learn how to breastfeed.

    Massaging the back, the area right behind the breasts is what my sisters who breastfed did, to increase milk production.

    Thanks for this hub, Lela


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