With Ben I steadily cut out feeds from the age of around 6 months when he started to be really nosy feeding in public. I ended up stopping completely around my 30th birthday as by this point he was down to just that bedtime feed and as I was going to be out at bedtime for two nights it made sense to end it there. At 8 months Ben really couldn’t have cared less.
|We gave Ben bottles of expressed milk from a very young age|
Chloe was trickier. She was always happier with boob than a bottle however we had the pressure of a deadline. On a purely selfish level we were getting married and I needed my breasts to have settled back down to make sure that my dress was properly fitted (as it turned out this was a bit of a fail and I ended up supporting my boobs with rolled up bibs on my wedding day – oh yes!)
|You’d never know I was using bibs in place of a bra . . .|
|I used to feed Chloe at school each morning before taking her to Nursery|
And Amy. Amy was almost 9 months when I went away for the weekend which finally signalled a slow and steady move to formula. With Amy the decision has been based on her not feeding efficiently during the day, she is too easily distracted and would often leave me with far too much on show. I have steadily dropped those day time feeds and now only feed her at night. Last week I came close to giving up those night feeds, this week I’m not confident enough in her bottle drinking to risk taking the breast away. I have said that I will finally stop breastfeeding her when she moves into her own room as I think it will be much easier to refuse it during the night if I’m not in the same room! We shall see. Some nights I think I’ve had enough (the occasional bite adds fuel to that fire) but more often I relish those night time feeds, those feeds where she feeds properly, snuggles in and relaxes. They are precious moments and I know their days are numbered.
So how do you know when the time is right to stop breastfeeding? Circumstance, personal preference or because your baby is no longer interested . . . you will know when the time is right.