Breastfeeding While Learning Self-Defense

Learning self-defense is as popular among women as it is among men. In fact, you can see a significant number of girls and adult women enrolling in various martial arts classes. And it is no longer surprising to see mothers and even new mothers learning self-defense. However, new moms or those who are still breastfeeding may find it really challenging to learn self-defense unless they stop breastfeeding.

Although the mother’s milk is generally the best milk for infants, there may be circumstances when breastfeeding has to be stopped such as when the nursing mother is taking regular medications, when the milk production is not enough, or when the mother has to work or pursue certain activities like martial arts. If you are a mom and are in any of these situations, here are some helpful tips on how to stop breastfeeding:

1. Prepare your baby. Don’t stop breastfeeding abruptly because it will be painful on you and it may also affect the feeding pattern of your baby. Slowly introduce feeding through a bottle or cup while still breastfeeding. At first, you may still need to feed your baby regularly. Then you can skip one feeding time and replace it with bottled milk, and then two feeding times until the breastfeeding becomes less frequent.

2. Feed you baby in a bottle or cup using pumped milk. While still preparing your baby, you can still feed it with your breast milk by pumping your milk and transferring it to a cup or bottle. This is applicable especially when you are just introducing bottle feeding. Many babies normally recognize the smell and taste of their mother’s milk and would normally refuse feeding on commercial milk at first.

3. Pump to relieve pressure on the breasts. When your baby starts to feed in a bottle, your milk production will not automatically disappear. Your body will still produce milk and as it is deposited in your breasts, the pressure can be painful. To avoid this, pump your milk out whenever your breasts become really painful. Then skip pumping at least once a day, then twice until pumping becomes less frequent.

4. Move your baby out of bed. If you are co-sleeping with your baby, it may be difficult to stop breastfeeding if you are co-sleeping. Babies have the natural instinct to nuzzle the breast at night. They can do this even with their eyes closed. But if you let them sleep separately like in a crib near your bed or in a separate room, this can be prevented.

5. Introduce solid foods to your baby. When your baby is at least 6 months old, you can already start introducing solid foods. As your baby consumes more solid food or bottled milk, they will turn to breast milk less often. And while that happens, your milk will also slowly dry up.

It can be a challenging task for mothers to stop breastfeeding their babies, you can read more at Some mothers even become emotional at first to do it. But by observing the tips mentioned above, you can be able to stop breastfeeding with less difficulty.