Deciding to stop breastfeeding is always a personal choice, and you should stop when the time is right for you and your baby. The most natural way to stop breastfeeding is by letting your baby decide. This usually occurs between 9 months when solid foods are introduced, which will decrease your baby’s interest in milk.
If you choose to wean your baby before then, there are steps you can take to make the transition easier. Try introducing your baby to a bottle as early as possible. Once they have grasped the breastfeeding concept, you can begin supplementing with a bottle of breast milk or formula at some feedings. Remember to take it slow, as your baby might not be ready for a bottle right away. Try to use a bottle at feedings where your baby is less interested in taking the nipple. Be sure to get dad involved by having him do some of the feedings. This will also help with the weaning process, and give baby and daddy some bonding time.
Your breasts may become sore once you stop breastfeeding. To help ease the pain, place cold cabbage leaves in your bra and leave them their until they wilt. You can also express a little bit of milk from your breasts to help relieve the pain as well.