Breast milk plays a major role in the feeding of the baby, because it provides the necessary nutrients for their development, however, many mothers for one reason or another are wondering when is the appropriate time to stop breastfeeding. We'll let you in.
Making the decision to discontinue nursing should be referred by the mother at some point and before you stop breastfeeding you should take into account that breast milk is irreplaceable, because it provides minerals and nutrients that are vital for their growth and health. The World Health Organization, points out that you should breastfeed at least the first six months of the baby, after that period you can consume other foods as a nutritional supplement is still essential to maintain breastfeeding up to two years.
When to stop breastfeeding
You can breastfeed until the baby is 2 years old, there is small that before the year they do not want to receive their mother's milk so apply the weaning spontaneous. The thing to keep in mind is that breastfeeding should be prolonged until when you can and whenever your baby wants it.
Medical reasons for not breastfeeding
In the baby:
- Phenylketonuria (pku). Lack of production of the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase.
- Galactosemia. It is hereditary, and prevents the baby's body to achieve break down the galactose.
- Urine smell of maple syrup. It is known as MSUD. This condition is present in a mild form but if it is not treated, it brings consequences in the brain of the baby.
These can be caused by the same lactation, and therefore must be temporarily suspended.
In the mother:
- HIV. Main disease for which it is recommended to stop breastfeeding.
- Surgery of breast reduction. Impossible for breastfeeding.
- Cytotoxic chemotherapy. Interrupted breastfeeding while the mother is receiving treatment.
- Mastitis. Prevents breastfeeding temporarily
- Herpes on the nipple. This condiciónpuede be contagious.