Tips for Breastfeeding Weaning

When you want to breastfeed your baby is a personal decision. You can also speak with other mothers and especially with your doctor to understand the process that will be involved in weaning the baby from breastfeeding. But at the end of the day, it is the mother's decision.

For instance, there are mothers who continue to breastfeed their babies till they are about two to three years old, while some manage to do so till the child is six to eight months old. Pediatricians encourage mothers to breastfeed their child for at least 12 months. Sometimes the child begins to wean away on his own when he begins to eat solid foods and at that time, with the help of a few breastfeeding weaning tips, the child weans away easily.

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Breastfeeding Weaning Tips

  • You might want to wean your child gradually as that decreases the emotional breastfeeding weaning pain for the mother and the child. Begin by taking away one or two feedings in a week. Slowly increase the number.
  • During those feeding times, introduce a new activity to your child. Something like reading a storybook, coloring or making something with dough. Think of interesting activities that your child will be interested in and this will help him focus on something else instead.
  • If your child feels hungry and wants breast milk, give him a tasty snack or a glass of milk. Use the gradual method until the child is completely weaned. This gradual method will also prevent breast engorgement in the mother and help your child get used to a new form of eating.
  • Your child will be able to sip from a cup by the time she is about nine months old.

    So do introduce your baby to a cup and let her try it out slowly. This eases the transition. You can make the process interesting by taking your child to a store and letting her choose her very own special milk cup. Offer this cup when the child asks to be breastfed. Do this slowly, and substitute the “cup feeds” with a few breastfeeding sessions.
  • When you offer the child her cup, make sure you don’t do so while holding her in the same position as you did when breastfeeding. Also go to another part of the room or house, a place that is different from your breastfeeding area.
  • Encourage the father to spend time with the child and ask him to comfort the child when she is fretting over not getting breast milk. This is more useful for night time feedings.
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