There are a lot of moms who advocate for breastfeeding, and even more who want to breastfeed their babies. But because of the postpartum changes, late nights, and just down right frustrating and painful struggles that come with breastfeeding, it can be one of the hardest things to go through. As a breastfeeding mom, I encourage you not to give up. As a mom who also knows fed is best and moms need to do what's truly best for themselves, however, I would say it's safe to admit there are signs you should stop breastfeeding.
It's helpful to remember that although studies show breastfeeding early in a baby's life has immediate benefits related to immunity and health, there are recent studies that show there's really no change or major benefit in the long run between breastfed and formula fed babies once they grow up, according to Baby Gaga. Additionally, every mother and baby is unique. What works for one family may not work for another, and even if you had a totally perfect idea of how breastfeeding may play out, I've got news for you: nothing in motherhood tends to go as expected.
So if you find yourself struggling, resentful, or just simply in a place where you don't think breastfeeding is something you want to do, you may want to check out some of the signs below.