Breastfeeding Toddlers: When is the right time to stop breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is one of the essential processes of motherhood. Although some mothers prefer not to do it, it is still considered as the best type of nutrition that you can give to your newborn.

If you are wondering when the right time to feed your child with other foods while breastfeeding or completely stop breastfeeding, you should first think about the following factors that will need to change.

Your Child’s Needs

Most times, when a baby continues to breastfeed up till a year or so when they are old enough to be considered as toddlers, they will still look for the mother’s breasts. It may be odd to look at a 2 or 3-year-old breastfeeding, but some children find this habit comforting. For them, it is more of a need than a want.

Your Financial State

You must admit that breastfeeding contributes to a big part of your savings. Breastfeeding till toddler years will enable you to save more; even though the child is eating solid foods and or adult foods. No studies are suggesting the right time to stop breastfeeding. When you decide to quit; especially in the early month; you need to weigh if you can handle the milk expenses together with your daily dues.

Your State of Motherhood

You must admit it that when you breastfeed your child, you tend to get closer to her or him. That bond is tough to break, and you cannot break it at all. It would be tough to let go of breastfeeding your child especially if the child doesn’t want to. This drawback can also affect the health of the mother. She may experience health issues when she stops breastfeeding.

After you have internalized the points to consider, then you can go ahead and do what you think is best for your kid. Some mothers would stop breastfeeding when their babies reach the 6th month. The baby will be able to eat solid foods, and breastfeeding will be just a part of the whole feeding.

Most of the kids who reach the toddler age weaning naturally. For some, doing it especially in public feels so uncomfortable. The child already knows how to play and stroll off with other kids, and as a mom, you would also feel the need to do other stuff now that your child is big enough to handle herself.

Moreover, the milk coming from the mother may be insufficient for the child. The act of breastfeeding will only be like a child’s play with only a little benefit to it. It is also tough to stop your child from breastfeeding once they are aware of what they are doing it and is enjoying it. The more you prolong the stopping process, the more it is hard for the child to adjust and begin to live with not suckling onto his or her mother’s breasts every single time he or she feels the need.