Weaning is a process by which you introduce your child to different source of food other than nursing. This could be the first step towards gradually putting a stop into nursing as your baby grows up.
Though weaning is a natural process a baby should go through, there are also times by which the mother is the one who wants to lead the weaning process. It is advised to exclusively breastfeed your baby during his first 6 months of life. When he gets older, that’s the best time to decide for weaning.
Two types of weaning:
This is when you breastfeed or you nurse your baby for as long as he wants. You may breastfeed as long as there is comfort for both mother and child, and as long as he demands for your feeding. It’s like weaning at your baby’s own pace. Breastfeeding usually stops completely when your baby reaches around 2 to 4 years of age. This is usually ideal for stay at home mommies who has the courage and patience to deal with breastfeeding as long as their baby wants and needs it.
•Planned or Mother-led Weaning
This happens usually when mommy wants to go back to work or school, or when the mother had to decide to stop breastfeeding because of unfortunate circumstances such as sickness. As much as possible, wean your baby only when he is older than 6 months old. If you can’t attend to your baby, you may express your milk through pump, properly store it and feed your baby through it. You may use bottle or cup and sippies.
To introduce your baby to the weaning process, lessen his boobie time and intoduce other solid food.
More Tips to Successfully Do the Weaning:
•Substitute one feed at a time.
•Gradually do the weaning until your baby get use to it.
•Ask help from someone else (baby’s father or grandparent) to help you feed the baby. If he is hungry and he has easy access to you, he may resist weaning.
•When your baby get used to feeding in bottle, hold him close and cuddle him so he still finds comfort with it.
•Be consistent. Don’t give in that easily when he asks for your breast. It will be hard at first especially if your baby is the type who’d cry and give a fuss over it, but if you are consistent, more likely, he will be used to it more easily.
Whenever you decide to wean, make it a point that you will never jeopardize your baby’s health. As what they said, “Breastmilk is best for babies.”, so when you intoduce other source of food, make sure that the nutritional value is there and your baby will continue to get the vitamins he needs for a proper growth and development.