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Tips for Weaning or Stopping Your Baby

Tips for Weaning or Stopping Your Baby



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Many moms do not know very well what to do when we only have two or three weeks of maternity leave to start work and our baby (at just 4 months old) is used to exclusive breastfeeding. It is still small to have a complementary feeding and the adaptation to the bottle costs us more than we thought. That is why we must give ourselves time.

It is not necessary that after maternity leave, we do a complete weaning, if we do not want to, we can surely maintain at least two feedings (first thing in the morning and one at night).

On the other hand, if what you prefer is to turn the page, you should take into account some tips. From my experience, I think that a rough weaning is not advisable for either the baby or the mother, since, like almost everything in baby feeding, it needs a progressive and patient adaptation. From the point of view of the physical changes in the mother, if we do not carry out a slow and progressive weaning, it is most likely that we will suffer undesirable effects on our breasts such as hardness and pain; the sudden lack of drainage of the mammary ducts, can cause infections and calcifications. If weaning is forced and sudden, due to force majeure, we must go to our gynecologist to be able to put means to avoid these effects.

These physical disorders do not occur when we progressively decrease milk production through the reduction of intakes, which will be replaced by bottles or complementary foods. This is the usual way to breastfeed our baby. In a matter of a few weeks we can achieve definitive weaning, without risks to our health and with the adaptation of our child to new ways of eating. We can follow some tips to speed up and get the baby used to his new feeding plan:

- Maintain our affective bond (caresses, words and smiles), referring it to games, instead of doing it during feeding time.

- Create a comfortable and relaxed environment to facilitate the acceptance of other foods.

- Substitute feedings for bottles, start with the most central of the day or those in which they suckle less. Do not offer the breast at the end of the bottle and other foods.

- Anticipate their requests by offering them, decisively, other alternatives: bottle or baby food.

- Try to prevent the child from using breastfeeding as a pacifier, comfort or relaxation. Replace them with hugs, warmth, tranquility or games.

- Help us with other people for their food.

- Leave a few days in the elimination of feeds and take advantage of eliminating those in which we produce less milk or do not feel the breast too hard.

Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site

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