When and how to wean a child from breastfeeding
When weaning the child from breastfeeding - each mother decides for herself. But it is known that this process is useful for both mother and baby. And the longer a child receives breast milk, the better for his health and well-being. How to catch the moment when it is better to wean the child from breastfeeding and how to do it correctly and painlessly for the child and for the mother?
The problem of weaning is more psychological than physiological. By a year and a half or two, a healthy child is able to eat from a common table, while receiving all the substances necessary for the full development. At the same time, changes take place in the mother's body, and as a result, the composition of breast milk changes. It becomes more nutritious, the concentration of substances increases, which give a kind of start for the development of the child's organism apart from the mother.
There are women who feed children up to 4-5 years, but modern doctors consider this absolutely unnecessary. According to WHO recommendations, breast milk is necessary for a child under 2 years. To exclude the child from night feeding by a breast, certainly, it is possible and earlier. And the exact term for the completion of lactation is determined by the mother herself. It depends on her employment, and on the state of health.
We also exclude the child from breastfeeding in the following situations:
- feeding becomes exhausting, after them the mother feels tired;
- with prolonged interruptions in milk feeding, there is not accumulated as much as before, and a feeling of fullness of the mammary glands is absent;
- there was soreness in the chest due to the intensive resorption of the baby's empty mammary glands by the baby.
When mom feels that the time for stopping lactation has approached, she faces the question: how to wean a child from breastfeeding without causing him stress? Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of children do not want to voluntarily give up their mother's milk, despite the fact that they do not experience a food deficit. For a child, feeding time is a possibility of close communication with the mother, at this moment the kid is happy and peaceful, he is well and calm. This should be remembered by every mother who decided to wean correctly from breastfeeding, without stress. If the child is full and, nevertheless, begging for the mother's breast, then he needs attention, caress and mother's care. If the mother provides the child with due attention, then the problem will be practically solved, only the child's mechanical dependence on suckling will remain to be eliminated.
Mechanical dependence is not necessarily associated with breastfeeding, it can also include sucking a baby bottle, dummy or your own finger. Usually, parents try to distract a child with something to switch their attention from the breast (bottles, nipples) to another lesson or subject. This is a good and harmless way, but it has a short-term effect, the child's attention has to be switched constantly, and this is very tiring for the parents. In order not to provoke an interest in the baby's mother's breast, do not disguise with the child, do not mention in the conversation the words that may cause the child's association with her mother's breast. The less a child sees the object of his desire, the less he will be remembered. As practice shows, receptions with mustard and other bitter or unpleasant to taste products, give effect only in individual cases. Children are very resourceful and quickly cope with the difficulties imposed by them on access to mother's breast. Therefore, the problem must be solved at the psychological level. You can arrange a competition or a game based on the rejection of the maternal breast. If the child categorically does not want to throw a breast, then, quite possibly, it is not caused by mere caprice and there are objective reasons for this.
In what cases is it not recommended to wean the baby from the breast:
- moving, changing the situation;
- period of illness in the child or immediately after it;
- stressful situations in the family;
- painful teething.
In such situations, weaning is better to wait and wait for a more successful moment.