Breastfeeding: How Do You Know When to Stop?

Posted by | January 26, 2017 | Breastfeeding, Feeding, Infant | No Comments

While I was breastfeeding my daughter, I struggled with knowing when to stop. I began offering her cow’s milk instead of the breast once she turned a year old, but she would cry until I gave in and nursed her. At that moment, I realized that I was ready to stop breastfeeding, but my baby wasn’t. I continued breastfeeding for two more months. At fourteen months old, my daughter gradually self-weaned. It’s easy to assume that they’re done breastfeeding once they turn a year old, but then what? Will my bond be broken? Of course not. We are their heroes for life. If you want to keep breastfeeding your baby beyond a year, go for it. There may be people telling you to stop, but at the end of the day, your voice is the only one that matters to your baby. Just like you began your breastfeeding journey together, together you’ll decide the right time to end.