Weaning a child can be extremely stressful on both the mother and baby, but there are steps you can take to ease this transition.
The key is to go slow and pay attention to your child’s unique needs as well as your own comfort levels. Each mother’s experience will of course be a little different, so it is important to go at your own pace and speak with your doctor if you have any concerns.
It is recommended to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months and then introduce solid foods in combination with breastfeeding after that. This will ease your baby into solid foods without taking away breastfeeding too suddenly (or “cold turkey,” as some call it).
CloudMom has come up with a very helpful schedule to help mothers in weaning their babies. It is a week-by-week schedule designed to give mothers certain goals to strive for, but she stresses that some might want to adjust it based on their own situation.
In her video, CloudMom says that the weaning guide from the American Academy of Pediatrics was much too quick for her at just three or four days. “I think babies might be able to get accustomed to the bottle this quickly, but when it comes to the mom and nursing, especially if … you have a very, very strong tendency to develop mastitis or blocked ducts … you might have to do this over a much longer, extended period of time.” By following a more gradual schedule, her baby accepted the change more willingly and her body was able to adjust more easily when weaning.
Take a look at CloudMom’s video and share any tips or personal experiences you find useful!