Weaning from Breastfeeding toddler is a final step for all breastfeeding babies. All good things must come to an end, right? Whether it’s something you’re itching to do or feeling a bit reluctant about it. He can’t live off your breast milk forever.
Weaning from breastfeeding toddler takes place at all different ages and stages. Anywhere from six months to a year is pretty standard in most cultures. However, some mothers and their babies opt for extended breastfeeding (beyond one year). It all depends on your particular feelings about breastfeeding and what’s working for you and your baby.
Stopping breastfeeding usually happens one of two ways. Either you decide it’s time to stop (typically called parent-directed), or your baby does (baby-directed).
When is the right time to Stop Breastfeeding Toddler?
Strictly speaking, it doesn’t exist. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Breastfeeding Committee recommend that at least six months to fully breastfeed. Then give baby vegetable and fruit slowly to get used to. Ultimately, however, each mother individually decides how long breastfeeding is right for her baby and when she wants to change her diet.
It is important that you listen to yourself and your feeling and not what others are saying. No woman has to feel like a raven mother if she decides to wean her child after six months (or earlier). Conversely, the woman who breastfeeds her child at the age of two does not have to justify herself.
What WHO Says About Stopping Breastfeeding
The WHO even advises breastfeeding – at least partially – until the end of the second year. Because one thing is certain, breast milk is the best food for a child. It contains all important nutrients, strengthens the immune system and prevents infectious diseases and allergies. With all the advantages of breast milk: The right time for weaning is more dependent on your circumstances.
Here are a few possible circumstances and signs that the time is right to start weaning. You go back to work and can therefore no longer breastfeed regularly. Yes, the Maternity Protection Act regulates breastfeeding breaks, but in practice, full breastfeeding and work are difficult to combine.
Your child shows a clear interest in your fork and what is on it. Your baby only drinks briefly and is quickly distracted. You have an urgent need to have a little more freedom and self-determination over your body again. The first teeth have broken through and you can feel them regularly on your chest.
You are about to go to the hospital or take medication for a long time. You have the feeling that your breast is no longer producing enough milk and your child is not getting full of it. Sometimes the partner or the immediate environment also wishes that they no longer breastfeed. But try not to let yourself be influenced too much and listen to yourself whether you are ready.
How long does it take to Weaning from Breastfeeding Toddler?
As is so often the case, Weaning from Breastfeeding Toddler varies from baby to baby. For example, if it has been watching its bigger siblings for a while and is getting a piece of soft pear out of a Tupper tin. It may respond more quickly to complementary foods or solid foods. But please keep in mind: Breastfeeding is much more than just eating.
A baby, who is currently alienating or going through a phase. That is not quite harmonious, is looking for the proximity of the mother, feels safe and comfortable on the breast.
Normally weaning will always take several weeks. If your baby has just learned to love the fruit porridge, he may not be instantly excited about his first vegetable and meat porridge. Your baby needs time for these many new impressions and also to adapt its digestion to the new foods.
Parent-Directed Weaning from Breastfeeding
There are a lot of reasons why you might want to wean your baby. Some of the most common reasons for stopping breastfeeding include returning to work. Having a specific nursing time table in mind, and becoming pregnant (or wanting to become pregnant) again.
For other moms, it might be difficulty nursing, illness, or even a loss of interest in nursing.
While there are many ways to keep breastfeeding in almost all of those situations. If you have decided it’s time to wean, there are a few ways to go about it.
Start by dropping one feeding per week, starting with the one your baby seems to care about the least. In essence, this is usually an afternoon or early evening session when things are kind of busy.
At this time your baby is probably distracted during feeding time anyways. You’ll want to give your body enough time to producing less milk so that you don’t end up with clogged milk ducts. Trust me, and you’ll be glad to do this!
Sometimes, your body still wants to produce milk. If this is the case, you could try a couple of things:
- Some moms swear by holding bags of frozen peas against their chest to minimize the swelling.
- You could try a couple of my tricks for engorgement.
- Just make sure you do this only enough to relieve discomfort; otherwise, you’re body will feel you’re trying to up your supply again and thwart your efforts.
- DON’T bind your breasts: Doctors have found that this is a pretty surefire way to clogged ducts, which could lead to mastitis and blocked duct.
Baby-Directed Weaning from Breastfeeding
Another approach is to let your baby decide when he’s ready to stop breastfeeding. This could also take place at any point. Although if your baby is under a year, and you’ll want to make sure you’re dealing with a genuine interest in stopping breastfeeding.
This is usually a good option if both you and your baby are enjoying nursing, and you’re not super-enthused about stopping breastfeeding, it allows you to extend breastfeeding a bit, and to go with the flow rather than following a set timetable.
This method sometimes ends up being a combination of both baby-directed and parent-directed. Following the cues of your baby (his interest in nursing, his comfort level as you replace a nursing session with a liquid supplement). Try to follow the one-week rule so that you can make those substantial reductions as well.
Another way you can do this is often referred to as “don’t offer, don’t refuse”. In other words, if your baby doesn’t seem to want to nurse, don’t offer him your breast. But if he does seem to want it, don’t prevent him from nursing. This is a pretty gentle approach, but it won’t be a quick one. Just make sure you’re up for a longer process.
Some Final Thoughts on How to Stop Breastfeeding?
There are a couple of essential elements to note, regardless of how your weaning from breastfeeding toddler experience goes down:
- Emotionally, make sure you’re finding other ways to bond with your baby. When stopping breastfeeding cuddling together, reading, playing and tickling so that he doesn’t feel like you’ve pulled the rug out from under him. Wondering why you don’t want that time with him anymore. (This is another good reason to wean slowly.)
- Each drop feeding should be replaced with the same amount of another liquid formula. If your baby is under one year of age, then cow’s milk or soy milk or doctor-approved milk may take as an alternative. If your baby has allergies) for babies one year of age or older.
- This is a great time to help get Dad involved – have him give the baby the liquid feeding replacement. Let him take over the activities you might have typically done before you nursed, like putting him to bed.
- Not only does this make it less confusing for your baby, so he doesn’t feel like you’re withholding your milk on purpose from him. But it also keeps your baby from smelling your milk or making you let down again. Especially as you’re first going through the process and if your breasts typically fill up when you’re around your baby.
Are there medications that help with weaning?
Some drugs artificially prevent the production of the breastfeeding hormone prolactin and thus also milk production. If it is necessary to take medication to stop Weaning from Breastfeeding Toddler. For example, because your breast is repeatedly inflamed, your doctor will prescribe hormone preparations, so-called prolactin secretion inhibitors.
Are there gentle alternatives to stop Breastfeeding Toddler?
Mothers who want to breastfeed report good experiences with a homeopathic remedy that contains poke weed. Sage tea (three cups a day) also helps because it naturally counteracts prolactin release. For a cup, take a teaspoon of sage leaves, pour hot water over them and let the tea steep for ten to 15 minutes.
I know stopping breastfeeding or Weaning from Breastfeeding Toddler is an emotional process for many of you. So take careful consideration when you decide your path and feel free to let us know, your doctor, your family, and friends whenever possible to make this easier.