All mothers experience breastfeeding differently. When the nursing period comes to an end, for whatever reason, this too is something that mothers perceive differently. Many feel sad to realize that this period is over. Others feel relief, while still others have mixed feelings. And so on. In other words, it’s a very personal experience. However, it is important to emphasize that it can be both difficult and highly emotional for the mother to stop nursing.
One factor that usually has an impact is whether the mother made her own decision to stop, or if she felt forced, for whatever reason, to do so. It’s usually easier if the mother feels it’s her own decision.
The mother might not have the energy to continue nursing due to complications. There are many reasons why breastfeeding can be difficult. Ultimately, it is best for the baby if the mother is in balance and has the energy, then if she continues to nurse at any cost.
Reasons to stop breastfeeding
There are many different reasons to stop breastfeeding: The mother has decided to–The mother reaches a point when she feels that she is done with breastfeeding. When this happens is highly personal and very different. It is important to point out that this is the parents’ decision based on their baby and family situation.
Baby refuses the breast
A baby that has started eating food may suddenly refuse the breast and decide to stop breastfeeding. If the baby is little (and has not started eating food yet) and refuses the breast, there are tips and advice about how to get breastfeeding started again (should you want to continue).
There may be medical reasons why breastfeeding needs to stop. For example, if the mother needs to take medication*, the weaning process is determined by how quickly breastfeeding needs to stop. The easiest way to stop breastfeeding is to wean baby gradually. * Some medication passes to the breast milk and should not be taken while breastfeeding.
When it is necessary to stop breastfeeding due to nursing or breast complications, it is generally a question of what the mother can cope with. Get practical support or counselling both before and after you decide to stop. Consult your healthcare provider or a breastfeeding clinic.
Mother is worn out
Some older babies prefer to nurse at night. There’s so much for baby to look at during the day and your baby may not be able to settle at the breast. This is a common topic at breastfeeding clinics—mothers who have not slept properly for eight or nine months and are completely exhausted. They want to cut back or stop breastfeeding, especially at night.
If you struggle with nighttime feeding, you may find comfort in knowing that women who nurse at night fall into a deep sleep faster than women who do not. So, although you are breastfeeding a lot and your sleep is interrupted, a mom has a better chance of feeling rested than a woman who sleeps as little but does not breastfeed.