Every breastfed baby is eventually weaned, be it after a few weeks of breastfeeding or a few years. When this happens is really a decision that each mother and her baby makes, based on their personal circumstances. If you are unsure about when or how to wean, or need more information, then a chat with an Australian Breastfeeding Association counsellor may help.
Weaning doesn't have to be difficult. Find out how to choose the right time and what you can do to ease your child's transition to the bottle or cup. If you're breast-feeding, you might have questions about weaning.
As a mom, you made the decision to give your baby the amazing benefits of breast milk. Just like every mom and every baby is different, every breastfeeding journey is different — and each journey begins and ends under unique circumstances. No matter what factors have gone into your decision to wean, know that it can be a very emotional time — you may feel relieved, sentimental, sad, or a combination of all these emotions.
Are you feeling ready to wean completely? Sometimes just cutting back on the amount of times you breastfeed will make you feel better, breastfeeding can sometimes be overwhelming. Breastfeeding is a two-way street.
Every mother and baby are different — there is no specific age when the weaning process should begin. For example, you might be going back to work soon. This can make it challenging for some babies to get all their nourishment from breast milk.
Until then, milk remains his main source of nutrition and calories. Since it is normal for babies to continue to breastfeed into the second year or beyond, the weaning period may last months or years. Ending breastfeeding ab ruptly can be physically and emotionally traumatic for both mother and baby and is best avoided when possible.
Weaning can come with a lot of mixed emotions. You may feel excited at the new independence you and you baby can both enjoy, as well as some sadness as your baby moves to another stage in her life. This is completely normal.
Weaning is the end of breastfeeding, when your baby no longer has any breastmilk. Weaning starts when your baby has any food other than breastmilk at times during the day, and weaning ends when she no longer has any breastmilk. You might decide to stop breastfeeding when or before your baby reaches 6 or 12 months. This way your baby can get used to the change in routine and diet, and your body can get used to no longer making milk.