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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: If you want to breastfeed, don't stop breastfeeding. It is the best nourishment for a baby and also the cheapest! pick an age when you would like to stop and then make a plan.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: Only if there are medical reasons to. If you discover you have an underlying medical problem (such as hiv) that can be transferred to your baby through breastmilk, it is wise to discontinue nursing. Certain medications may also enter the breastmilk and pose a health risk to your baby. Otherwise, unless physically or emotionally unable to, breastfeeding should be continued despite minor illness.
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
When to stop: It is pretty much agreed that the best food for your newborn is your breast milk. But there are considerations involving your health too. While about 95% of women can successfully breastfeed, 5% cannot. The point is to have a healthy growing child, not to wear a badge saying "I breastfed my baby." If your child is growing well, then fine, if not there are plenty of good substitutes. Don't feel gui
Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
No "deadline": There is no "deadline" for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and breastmilk have numerous benefits for you and your child. At least 6 months is desirable and if you can make it to one year, that is even better. That being said, many women may only be able to breastfeed for a few months while some will continue to breastfeed into toddlerhood. The choice is up to you and your baby. Wean on your timeline.
Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faustanswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Longer than you thin: The World Health Organization says to nurse for two years. That is generally not a popular answer here in the US, but the best answer is that longer is better for your baby for several reasons. The prime benefit is enhanced immunity.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
You pick: You can drop one feeding every couple days (formula instead) until off. You can allow 2-3 min/side each feed (follow with formula).This signals your body to slow production.You can cold turkey= bind your chest with ace wrap/pre-pregnancy bra and tough it out for a few days. Each of these 3 ways has pro's/cons, in the end only youcan decide what would work for you.
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Just stop it: There is a medicine used for patients who have Parkinson's Disease called bromocriptine which blocks the hormonal signals to your breasts and so "drys them up". Speak to your doc about it.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No meds required: You can drop one feeding every couple days (formula instead) until off. You can allow 2-3 min/side each feed (follow with formula).This signals your body to slow production.You can cold turkey= bind your chest with ace wrap/pre-pregnancy bra and tough it out for a few days. Each of these 3 ways has pro's/cons, in the end only youcan decide what would work for you.

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How do I know when to stop breastfeeding?

5 doctor answers52 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Up to you.: There is no medical reason to stop breastfeeding at any age; i've been asked if there is a reason to wean a school age child, and the only one i could think of was that other children would laugh at him. Your own considerations -- job, lifestyle, other children -- usually dictate this decision. Having said that, benefits of nursing become rather small after the age of 12 months.
Dr. Leonard Ferreira
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
I feel that if you become pregnant again, you should stop.
Aug 12, 2013
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 20 years experience
The most common norm is - exclusive breast feeding until 6 month of age. The breast milk with other weaning food too. You can start potentially weaning him off breast milk by about 1 year of age as his caloric intake will be met by regular food then.
Sep 6, 2013
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Personal choice- some would nurse only up to 6 months,some a year even up to 3 years or longer !
Sep 15, 2013
A member asked:

When is a good time to stop breastfeeding?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Six to twelve months: The major benefits of breast feeding occur in the first six months of live and relate to the baby's developing immune system and the potential for food allergy. The closeness of nursing can be beneficial up to the age of one at which time to babies start to separate.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How do I stop breastfeeding painlessly when the time comes?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Slowly: I recommend decreasing the breastfeedings by one less time per day every few days, when your body has adjusted to make less milk.
United Kingdom
A 35-year-old female asked:

Is it common to get fibroadenomas after you stop breastfeeding ?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
FIBROADENOMAS: It is not proven that fibroadenomas are frequent or associated with breast feeding.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Are periods usually irregular once you stop breastfeeding?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elizabeth Bird
Pediatrics 19 years experience
They can be: It is common for it to take several months for periods to normalize during or after breastfeeding. Note that this does not mean that you are not ovulating and that it is still possible to get pregnant while your periods are irregular.

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