When Should I Stop Breastfeeding?

The decision to stop breastfeeding is a choice that is completely dependent on the mother and the baby. If it’s an enjoyable experience for you and your child, then you may keep breastfeeding for as long as you like. On the other hand, breastfeeding may interfere with your personal circumstances and you may stop breastfeeding sooner, which is also completely normal.

Many mothers make goals for how long they want to breastfeed, often between 3 months and 1 year. While this is all a personal choice, it is recommended that babies receive exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months. This ensures that you and your baby have time to bond and that your baby gets the essential nutrients that breastfeeding provides.

Having a strong support system while caring for your newborn and breastfeeding is extremely important. Your physician, partner, and other breastfeeding mothers are great resources. At Pacific Women’s Center, we provide breastfeeding classes and consultation to help new mom’s get started and answer all of their questions.

If you’re a new or expectant mother and you have questions about breastfeeding, call Pacific Women’s Center at 541-342-8616 today.