Is there a right time to swap from breastfeeding to bottles? Do you let your baby guide you, or do you make the decision yourself? Is there a right or wrong answer?

Breastfeeding - When is the best time to stop? | As a first time mum I am working out how long I want to breastfeed for. Its a tough decision to make. I don't know whether there will be an event that forces me to stop, or whether it will just naturally happen.

As I have mentioned in the past, my reasons for breastfeeding were pretty selfish. It wasn’t an easy transition, but one I am immensely proud of.

We are now 8 months in now. JHogg and I went away for a wedding in October and my original plan was that I would stop then, as Piglet was staying behind with my parents. As with most plans I make, things changed and I decided we weren’t quite ready to call it quits yet.

So we’ve been plodding along quite nicely with picture perfect breastfeeding. I always stare lovingly into Piglet’s eyes while he feeds, never watching tv or playing on my phone. We wouldn’t dream of lying in bed half asleep while he helps himself, always feeding on a schedule of course.*

*Some of this may be a lie

Seriously though, for 8 months it has been dandy. Piglet doesn’t have any teeth yet so I wasn’t worried about biting. Instead, Piglet developed a new form of torture instead.

As he is increasingly nosey, his new habit was to pull and twist mid feed. He is generally craning his head to see something else going on in the room and trying to take the milk with him. Ouch.

I can’t help but feel that this is some form of karma. When we were trying to establish breastfeeding I was bracing myself for cracked and sore nipples, but they just never came. I breezed through that part with only mild discomfort.

I was getting quite annoyed by the tugging and considered that maybe it was time to end breastfeeding. Piglet takes a bottle happily so it wouldn’t have caused any issues in that sense. However, just when I was ready to throw in the towel he stopped. So for now, we’ll carry on.

When will be the right time for us to stop? It’s hard to tell. In an ideal world I want to feed until around 12 months, that way we can transition straight to cows milk and a sippy cup rather than having to use a bottle and formula in between.

Once Piglet gets teeth though I don’t doubt he’s going to bite! Will I be able to soldier on through that though? Time will tell!

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