Stopping breastfeeding can be a time requiring process. Sometimes weaning can be difficult for some babies. As weaning is a long goodbye, sometimes it is emotional and sometimes it is painful. It doesn’t however is not a signal of the end to the intimacy you and your child have developed during the nursing stage. What it means, is that you have to replace breast feeding with other types of nourishment.
If your baby has stopped breastfeeding and gets all of his nutrition from other sources than the breast, he’s actually considered weaned. Even though babies are also weaned from the bottle as well, the term weaning often refers to when a baby is stopped from breast feeding.
If weaning is a mother’s idea, it normally requires a lot of patience and can take time. Depending on the age of your baby or toddler, and how well your child adjusts it will take time. Remember that the overall experience is different for everyone.Sometimes some babies take long time to stop from breastfeeding.
How to start weaning?
For this you are the best judge to decide it’s the right time to wean, and you don’t really have a deadline unless you and your child are actually ready to wean. The recommended time for weaning is one year. No matter what relatives, friends, or even complete strangers tell you, there is no right or wrong time for weaning.
How to Stop Breastfeeding?
You need to do these slowly and think of the age of your child and his emotions too. Experts say that you shouldn’t abruptly withhold your breast, as they results can be traumatic. Below are some tips to try when you are ready to wean.
Skip a feeding
Skip a feeding and see what happens, offering a cup of milk to your baby instead. As a substitute, you can use a bottle of your own pumped milk, formula, or a cow’s milk. If you reduce feedings one at a time, your child will eventually adjust to the changes.
Shorten feeding time
You can start by cutting the length of time your child is actually at the breast. If the normal feeding time is 5 minutes, try 3. Depending on the age, follow the feeding with a healthy snack. Bed time feedings are usually the hardest to wean, as they are normally the last to go.
Postpone and distract
You can postpone feedings if you are only feeding a couple of times per day. This method works great if you have an older child you can actually reason with. If your child wants the breast, say that you’ll feed later then distract him.
If you’ve tried everything and weaning doesn’t seem to be working at all, maybe the time just isn’t right. You can wait just a bit longer to see what happens, as your child and you have to determine the right time to wean together.