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Tips For Quitting Breastfeeding A Baby

By Tony Scott

You will often hear people say that weaning a baby of breastfeeding is a natural process. At around 6 months of age a baby should begin to be introduced to different foods and so it will soon begin to consume solid foods instead.

But, not everyone experiences such a smooth process. The act of nursing is a method in which the infant forms an emotional bond with its mother, and therefore some of them may be reluctant to stop.

Alternatively, a continuation of nursing may pose problems for the mother because it interferes with their job, caring for older children, and taking care of the home. Under those circumstances, breastfeeding simply cannot continue any longer. The following are some key tips that may help you cease breastfeeding.

Keep in mind that you should not halt nursing abruptly. Such an act has the potential to cause the child trauma and may prompt unpleasant outbursts. Instead, you should taper down the nursing more slowly.

Use weekly increments, decrease the feeding schedule by one feeding every week until it is no longer necessary. Slowly introduce formula milk until you are able to use it exclusively, continue breastfeeding at night when it is convenient.

If you have a toddler who is still breastfeeding, gently explain to them the situation. Inform the child that breastfeeding will only occur around bedtime or nap time.

When you reach the point of being prepared to cease nursing entirely, you can explain that the they are now big kids, and that big kids no longer nurse. Informing the child lovingly is critical in preventing mental trauma that otherwise might result from the weaning process.

It is important to understand that weaning the child is a critical step, one that must be dealt with immense patience and consideration to provide the child with the support necessary to adjust smoothly into this new situation.

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