Breastfeeding advice is usually geared towards giving new mothers tips on how to feed their baby.
But there’s another issue that’s not as widely spoken about: how to stop breastfeeding.
Just as it can be hard for women to get their babies to latch on, women wanting to move onto bottles can find themselves feeling uncomfortable and exhausted.
Mothers need to allow their bodies to gradually get used to producing less milk.
“There may be many reasons mums want to stop breastfeeding,” Clare Byam-Cook, a trained midwife specialising in mothers’ breastfeeding issues.
“They may stop because they’re hating every second or because they have an absolute goal like going back to work and they physically can’t carry on breastfeeding.”