Weaning Your Baby off Breast Milk

From | Dec 12 | 2 minutes read

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least a year of exclusive breastfeeding for infants. –  So by the time you’ve got the hang of breastfeeding, it’s time to transition from the breast to the bottle. There’s really no right time to start the weaning process. You are the best judge of when you and your child are ready to take this step.

Here are some weaning strategies that may help you.

Don’t Stress About -Breast Milk

If –you are -producing less breast milk -than earlier -, don’t worry. Lactation always ceases gradually, leaving you and your little one enough time to get accustomed to substitutes such as baby formula or cow’s milk, depending on her age.

Stop Breast Milk Gradually

If you’ve decided to start weaning your baby, it is best to do it gradually. Stopping suddenly can cause inflammation and engorgement of the breasts.

A good method is to replace one feeding every week with baby formula. For instance, if your baby feeds five times -a day, breastfeed her four times and offer her the bottle once per day for the first week. In the second week, breastfeed her thrice per day and bottle-feed her twice, and so on.

Breastfeeding While Working

As a working -mum, you might have to go back to work after a few months post your baby’s birth -. This doesn’t mean you have to stop breastfeeding, but it can help to start weaning your little one a couple of weeks before you go back to work. That way, by the time you go back to work, you will have reduced the number of breast milk feedings to 2 to 3 times per day, and you can work these feedings around your schedule.

Bonding Time

The closeness that comes from breastfeeding helps you and your little one bond. To keep this bond going strong, you can continue breastfeeding her once or twice a day as long as you are lactating. However, if breastfeeding is not possible for you, it can help to just hold your baby close to you while bottle-feeding her.

Just because you’ve decided to wean your baby does not signify the end of your intimate relationship with her. It just means that you’ve decided to nurture and nourish her in different ways.

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