Is it time to wean?
Your baby is walking and has teeth, is it time to stop breastfeeding?
Don’t feel pressurised to wean your baby. If you and your baby are happy to continue breastfeeding, go ahead. Older children benefit from a continued sense of closeness, protection against immunity, and nutritional advantages over cow’s milk.Consider stopping if
- Your baby starts to wean himself – showing less interest in the breast or rejecting breast milk. Take this as a sign to ease him onto a cup.
- You have grown tired of breastfeeding and frustrated by the lack of freedom that accompanies breastfeeding. Consider keeping one feed at night for a while, so you can have your freedom but keep the benefits.
- Your work situation makes it difficult for you to express breast milk. There’s no point in exhausting yourself, consider keeping a morning and night feed for a while.
- Your baby’s biting is too painful. It is possible to teach your baby not to bite, but if there are other good reasons to wean, this might be the final straw.
- Bear in mind that toddlers are far more resistant to weaning, so plan a slow withdrawal that eases him into the new regime painlessly.