How do I stop producing breast milk?

How do I stop producing breast milk?

A mother always finds it tough to decide when she should stop breastfeeding. There can be various reasons behind the stopping of the breast milk production and it may vary from one individual to another. In some cases, it becomes essential to dry out the breast milk after a definite stage of time. Generally normal lactation period is of 1 year which is regarded as sufficient for the proper growth of the child. It is a natural process which suits both the child and the mother.

The milk production of breasts stops after a certain amount of time when you discontinue feeding breast milk to the child. After starting the weaning process (stop feeding baby with mother’s milk), the mother may experience feeling of discomfort and this sense of discomfort continues for some weeks or even months in some cases. The weaning process can be a bit painful but with the help o the guidelines given below, you can recover from the situation with fewer problems.

Ways to dry out the breast milk

Below are given various tips which may assist you in your quest to “how you can stop breast milk production”. 

  • After you have made a decision to discontinue feeding the baby, you should prefer not to pump or express breast milk unless you require the break desperately. If you will continue to pump milk, your body will presume that your child requires milk. 
  • To release yourself from swelling, pain and pressure, you can make use of gel packs or cold packs over the breasts. 
  • You should avoid any sort of stimulation of nipple as it may cause the restart of milk production. 
  • Another method which is helpful in drying out the breast milk is to keep the leaves of fresh green cabbage over the breasts. This will help in steadily drying out the breast milk. You can change the leaves when they wilt. 
  • You can have 2-3 cups of sage tea regularly if you wish to pace up the process of drying the breast milk. 
  • Doctors recommend pain relieves in case you have increased feelings of discomfort and you want relief. 
  • Drinking good amount of water is also helpful in drying out the breast milk and it makes the process quite fast. 
  • You should refrain from feeding the baby more than one time during this process. 


Breast milk is ideal for a child’s health?

A lot of discussion can be carried on discussing as whether breast milk is ideal for a child’s health. What difference can it make to a child’s health if he/she is given Formula or tinned milk. It goes without saying that mother’s milk is best for the baby. It contains many natural ingredients that are helpful for a child’s development. It has been proven that mother’s milk is the best milk available for the baby. Mother’s milk is the gift of nature and anything natural is of course good.

There are many scientific reasons behind breastfeeding. Many complex fats are found in abundance in breast-milk. These fats are necessary for the development of the brain and it does have positive effect the child’s intelligence. According to the researches that are carried out regularly it has been noticed that babies who are breastfed have low tendency to fall ill during the early months than the babies who drink formula milk.

Breast milk also develops immunity power. Babies who are breast fed regularly are less prone to infections. These babies do not require other supplements to stay healthy and fit. When the baby is fed with mother’s milk first the “Foremilk” comes which quenches the baby’s thirst. After that the “Hindmilk” starts to flow which has all the nutrients that is essential for the baby to stay healthy. The ‘hindmilk’ is more filling and appetizing than the ‘foremilk’. They then do not require any added supplements as they have already got the required dose from their mother’s milk.

Feeding the baby is also beneficial for the mother. A closeness and bonding is developed between the mother and the child. Every time the baby is fed it feels the mother’s presence and this helps in developing emotional security in the child. The mother is also rest assured that she is feeding her baby with the best milk that is available. The feeling of satisfaction is also developed. Physical contact between the mother and the child is also developed. Physical as well as emotional security is essential for the proper development of the child.

Breastfeeding the baby is lot easier than feeding with formula milk. There is no need of sterilizing the bottles and mixing of milk. Breastmilk are always ready and sterile. We don’t need to warm them up or cool them down. There is another important reason behind women preferring breastmilk over formulamilk. Women tend to loose weight if they breast feed their child. The risk of breast cancer also reduces if breast feeding is carried on.

A doctor can be consulted if breastfeeding is posing to be problem. Some tend to develop sore nipples while breastfeeding. This happens mainly because the positioning of the child is not correct. If the child is not held properly then he/she is unable to get milk and thus stays hungry. The baby should suck the nipples properly which will ensure proper flow of milk and soreness of the nipples will also reduce. Bottle feeding should not be encouraged as they are easier to suck and this leads to improper sucking of the breast nipples.

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