Side Effects of Stopping Breastfeeding

stopping breastfeedingDo you breastfeed your newborn and you are considering stopping breastfeeding? Think wisely because there are some side effects of stopping breastfeeding. You should make sure that you know the right way of weaning because any wrong step can have a bad impact on your health. Let’s have a look on the side effects that you may experience after finishing breastfeeding your baby.

Physical Discomfort

One of the most disturbing side-effects of stopping breastfeeding is physical discomfort. You may experience engorgement of breasts. This condition arises when weaning was not done properly. You should adopt a slow pace to wean your baby and avoid making the whole task quick. It’s because your body needs some time to understand that it no longer needs to produce breast milk.


It is another common side effect of stopping breastfeeding. It occurs if weaning wasn’t done properly. Mastitis can be very painful for you because your breasts are filled with milk and they are not getting drained properly due to which you are likely to contract an infection. The main reason behind the development of this infection is the growth of bacteria around the area of your breasts. You can use a breast pump for the collection of breast milk for draining your breasts in a proper manner.

Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal imbalance is another painful side effect of stopping breastfeeding. Hormonal imbalance manifests itself in a variety of ways. Some women have been noticed to go through emotional distress because of the hormonal changes.

Lack of Sleep or Insomnia

Insomnia is another known and common side effect that appears after stopping breastfeeding.  It appears because radical changes in hormones alter the sleep patterns of the women experiencing hormonal changes. Lack of sleep makes you feel tired and weak both mentally and physically. If you are not active and healthy mentally and physically, you will not be able to give attention to your newborn and to other important works. Consult your doctor to find a better solution to this problem.


It is another stopping breastfeeding side effect that is usually triggered by hormonal changes. When you stop breastfeeding, your body stops producing prolactin that is a hormone that keeps you relaxed. In case of depression, you should immediately consult your doctor.

If you are experiencing some or all of these side effects in you, you should not waste time and consult your doctor. These side effects can lead to severe consequences if left untreated on time. Some women don’t take the weaning seriously and due to this reason they are more likely to experience all or some of the above mentioned side effects of weaning. First of all, you should get consultation either from your lactation consultant or from your doctor about how to wean your baby. You can avoid these side effects only by working on gradual weaning.

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