Breastfeeding offers mothers and babies a sense of closeness and a number of health-related benefits. Yet, there comes a time when children have to be weaned and begin consuming solid foods. Mom365 exclusively recommends breastfeeding for at least six months before beginning the weaning process.
While some moms prefer weaning within six months as a way to return to work without needing to pump, most tend to move their little ones toward other sources of food around the one-year mark
It can be difficult for babies to take to the bottle after only knowing the breast for so long, but there are effective strategies moms can use. The key is to take it slow. Some newborns may wean faster than others. Tips like switching to a bottle halfway through feeding time, reducing or eliminating nighttime feedings and simply offering more solid foods may help children make the transition.
It's common for there to be an adjustment period as moms wean their child off the breast. Some mothers use the strategy "don't offer, don't refuse." With this technique, moms won't remind their child that it's time to eat, but won't say no when their children want to breastfeed.
Learn more about the pros and cons of weaning at certain life stages, how to help babies get used to solid foods and other tricks for successful weaning.