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Gradual Weaning From Breastfeeding The Benefits of Weaning Gradually. Children can usually accept weaning more readily when it occurs gradually. Compared Getting Ready. As you begin to think about weaning your child from the breast, keep in mind that breastfeeding provides Take Your Time. With.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth — and breast-feeding in combination with solids foods until at least age 1. Breast-feeding is recommended as long as you and your baby wish to continue. When to start weaning your child is a personal decision. As you slowly stop breastfeeding, your body will start producing less breast milk and eventually your body will no longer make breast milk.

Weaning gradually can help your child Get used to the new taste of infant formula (for your child younger than 12 months old) or fortified cow’s milk (for your child 12 months or older). One of the best ways to begin weaning from breastfeeding is to gradually replace one nursing session with a single formula feed or solid food, depending on your baby’s age. For tips on how to help your baby accept bottle-feeding, click here. This made weaning from breastfeeding so much easier.

I recommend introducing a bottle several months before you want to wean, just so your baby has an easier transition. Signs she was ready to wean. We started introducing solids around six months of age.

Once we increased her solid intake, weaning became easier. In most situations, child care providers and parents suggest using a gentle, gradual method of night weaning (and weaning in general!). If you choose to night wean gradually: Increase feedings.

Weaning is the process of stopping feeding your baby with breast milk. Ideally, the first step towards weaning your baby is introducing complementary foods alongside your breast milk around the age of six months. The weaning process continues until breast milk is completely replaced by other foods and drinks. Weaning gradually over a period of weeks or months allows breastfeeding to end in a comfortable way.

Natural weaning, where mum and child end breastfeeding very gradually in a mutually acceptable way, is another option. Breastmilk continues to be a valuable source of nutrition and immunity for as long as nursing continues. Weaning your baby is part of the natural breastfeeding experience.

It doesn’t have to be a time of unhappiness for you or your baby. If done “gradually, and with love” (the La Leche League motto), weaning can be a positive experience for both you and your little one. Ideally, your baby will nurse until he outgrows the need. If you and your child enjoy breastfeeding, there is no reason you need to stop. Both of you will continue to benefit from breastfeeding as long as you like.

Many mothers choose to wean naturally, allowing the child to outgrow the need gradually, in his own time. Breastfeeding an older toddler or child is different from breastfeeding an infant.

List of related literature:

Gradual weaning over weeks or months is easier for mothers and infants than abrupt weaning.

“Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book” by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Kathryn Rhodes Alden, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Mary Catherine Cashion, David Wilson
from Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

To do a partial weaning, follow the step-by-step instructions in “The practical details of weaning,” above, to decrease your number of breastfeedings until your milk production adjusts gradually downward.

“Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers” by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
from Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
New Harbinger Publications, 2010

Some infants will wean themselves from the breast as early as four months of age but the average weaning takes place around six to nine months.

“Iron Disorders Institute Guide to Anemia” by Cheryl Garrison
from Iron Disorders Institute Guide to Anemia
by Cheryl Garrison
Sourcebooks, Incorporated, 2009

The critical point in weaning is to make it a gradual adjustment for both mother and infant.

“Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession” by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
from Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession
by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

How to Proceed Gradual weaning is best for both you and your baby.

“Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing E-Book” by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing E-Book
by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

Weaning should be gradual, substituting a supplemental feeding and extra attention for a session of breastfeeding.

“Management of Common Problems in Obstetrics and Gynecology” by T. Murphy Goodwin, Martin N. Montoro, Laila Muderspach, Richard Paulson, Subir Roy
from Management of Common Problems in Obstetrics and Gynecology
by T. Murphy Goodwin, Martin N. Montoro, et. al.
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Weaning can be done because the mother is returning to work and cannot keep breast-feeding, or because the infant is losing interest in breast-feeding and showing signs of independence.

“Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
from Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

A baby may start to wean when the mother does not want or expect it, and she may respond by trying to entice her child to nurse more frequently.

“Counseling the Nursing Mother” by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
from Counseling the Nursing Mother
by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2015

Although the literature offers considerable advice about gradual weaning, there is little information for the anxious mother in a situation in which weaning must be rapid and will necessarily be traumatic.

“Breastfeeding and Human Lactation” by Karen Wambach, Becky Spencer
from Breastfeeding and Human Lactation
by Karen Wambach, Becky Spencer
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019

Weaning from either breast or bottle should be achieved gradually.

“Family Medicine: Principles and Practice” by J. L. Buckingham, E. P. Donatelle, W. E. Jacott, M. G. Rosen, Robert B. Taylor
from Family Medicine: Principles and Practice
by J. L. Buckingham, E. P. Donatelle, et. al.
Springer New York, 2013

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  • Hi dear,when u weaned her,did u offer her other milk,was ur baby eating solids?i have same situation but my baby won’t eat anything,not sure I should stop breastfeeding coz I don’t want to starve him.

  • I just started to stop breastfeeding cold turkey because my husband and I are going away for a couple of days without child. She has cried and been tossing and turning from 11pm till 5am. Its been tough. I watched this video in the Other room for support. My daughter Is 18 months and I want my breasts back. I have started to drink the earth mama tea It has sage in it, this tea helps dry up milk. I feel awful but I feel like the longer I leave it the tougher It will get. I have to remind myself that she Is okay and safe. Thanks for the advice.

  • Mamas that stop cold turkey, dont be afraid to pump a little pressure off or express. It wont stimulate you too much, just take the edge off

  • Ur video is helpful. Im gonna try out these tips I’m weaning my 19 month old. Check out my channel hope we can support each other in the future. I subbed

  • Question, while cutting her off other than sleeping in a separate room did you interact with her at all? Or did you just stay away from her completely.

  • I’m on day 11 stopping cold turkey and I’m STILL engorged! When will it end?! One side is worse than the other and I’m so sore and lumpy! I just want to hand express to relieve it but I know then I’ll be back to square one! �� I’ve even been taking sage tablets but yet I’m still engorged

  • Weaning a baby can be difficult, but it can be done gently and in a positive way so that both you and baby can move onto formula, milk or solids happily. Let me know what worked best for you during the transition of weaning your baby! xoxo

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