If you are enjoying your breastfeeding relationship, you can continue
to breastfeed until one of you decide that you would like to stop.
It is recommended to breastfeed for at least one year, but you can continue for much longer. In some countries, it is not uncommon for mothers to breastfeed their babies up to the age of 4! There is no set time to end breastfeeding, it is best to wait until you are both eager to stop. You do not need to feel pressured either way. It is always your decision to make, and you need not feel guilty about it.
Exclusive breastfeeding is advised for the first six months of your baby’s life, this is to give him/her the best possible start in life. Breastfeeding for the first six months will dramatically reduce the risk of lung infections, allergies and gut issues. After these six months, you can still continue to breastfeed exclusively (if your baby shows signs of unreadiness) or you can start to introduce solids at your baby’s individual pace.
Babies can thrive on breast milk alone for the first seven months and in some cases even longer.
Every small amount of milk is beneficial to your baby and the longer you can breastfeed, the better. Breast milk is often referred to as “liquid gold.” At the very least it is essential that your baby receives the first milk called colostrum. Colostrum is full of immune-boosting substances that protect your baby.
If you are still in the early stages of your breastfeeding relationship, and feeling overwhelmed, you should remember that babies breastfeed less as they grow. Breastfeeding around the clock during the first few weeks is normal.
Whether you want to stop breastfeeding earlier (it's always your choice) or continue to breastfeed longer than the “norm,” it's a good idea to surround yourself with the appropriate support. Find other women around you who have similar goals. How to handle breastfeeding criticism.
There are so many benefits of breastfeeding.
Before you stop, please read the following, so that you can make an
Why should early weaning from breast milk be avoided?
Babies who are weaned from breast milk before 6 months:
If you decide to stop breastfeeding before your baby turns 1, you will need to give your baby infant formula. After 12 months infant formulas are no longer necessary if your baby is eating well.
Most breastfeeding issues can be overcome with the help of a lactation consultant, but sometimes a mother is forced to stop breastfeeding...
If and when you do decide to wean, stopping breastfeeding cold turkey is a bad idea. The best way to stop breastfeeding is gradually. This is to avoid mastitis and to give your baby some time to get accustomed to the idea. It could be traumatic for your baby to lose that connection with you all in one go. It is important to replace that close time with lots of touch and cuddles.