7 Things You Need To Know Before Weaning Your Child From Breastfeeding (Part 2)

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(Read the first part of this article HERE.)

Weaning your child off the breast is (and should be) a personal, well-informed decision. Many moms wean their babies early or stopped pursuing it in order to go back to work while others waited until the child stopped on his own. Only the mother and the child would know when it is time.

A breastfeeding advocate like myself wouldn’t dare give advice about stopping your child from nursing, but it’s also important that you take not of and be prepared for these things when you finally decide to make the change.

Expect a lot of tears

From your own eyes, possibly, but more so from your little one’s. Remember when they said that little kids thrive on consistency? While we definitely feel more emotion during this time, our children definitely feel some sort of loss when we wean them and will protest. It’s a lot easier to distract them during the day but for cases like mine, whose child got used to nursing to sleep even in the middle of the night, it can take a long time to get them used to another kind of consistency–not nursing at all. If your child is old enough to understand what you tell them, acknowledge how sad it makes them feel and then simply comfort them using other means and love them through it.

Know your options

Weaning your child on purpose is really not as simple as stopping from breastfeeding. Remember, there are always going to be several complications, especially if you’re planning to go cold turkey. If you have no choice but to stop suddenly due to work or health reasons, you’ll definitely be facing some engorgement problems as well as tantrums from an unwilling child. But if you do have a choice, it’s always best to partially and gradually wean over the course of several months or weeks where you can substitute each feeding with a cup or bottle until you’re down to a single feeding a day, which should definitely be a little easier for you and your child to skip altogether. Your child might still insist, but it won’t be as heartbreaking to refuse. There are tons of advice about weaning your child depending on each option, so make sure you do your research!

Be ready to congratulate yourself.

Weaning is definitely a difficult journey or phase, but one that repays you in the end. Your child will have seemingly turned into this brand new baby who couldn’t care less about your boobs and you’ll eventually forget about how hard this time was for you and your baby. However, don’t dare forget about the good that you did by breastfeeding your child at all. You may have only nursed your baby for several days or even managed to last several years of all the pulling and pinching. Bottom line is that you did it, and you deserve to congratulate yourself. Perhaps you’d like to reward yourself with as many glasses of wine as you’d like? Just make sure it’s not during child watch!

 

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