Weaning your child from breastfeeding is not the easiest thing to do. As I understand it, weaning a baby from breastfeeding is like quitting smoking or giving up chocolate. It's best not to quit cold turkey. It's not easy for you or the baby, but it has to be done. You can wean baby to a bottle or a cup. I recommend weaning baby to a sippy cup. Some babies will make it easier on you the mom, and start to lose interest in breastfeeding usually around nine months or so, and some babies need their nightly night cap, making it close to impossible for you to wean your baby. Well for all you moms out there, whose baby needs their nightly night cap, here are some tips to help make it easier for you to wean your baby from breastfeeding.
Long before you even try to start weaning your baby from breastfeeding you should get baby used to drinking from an alternative source, a cup or a bottle; preferably a cup as mentioned earlier. Still continue to breastfeed but give baby either water, juice or breast milk from a cup. Try this at mealtimes when feeding baby solids or when giving baby a snack.
For the stubborn baby who refuses to take a cup or bottle, it can be a good idea to skip a breastfeeding session once daily usually after breakfast or lunch, and only offer him/her what's in the cup. This may be hard for three or four days, but after that baby will get the idea. Once baby is used to drinking out of a cup once daily, you can skip another breastfeeding session and drink what's in the cup. Do this until you are only nursing once at night before bedtime.
Wait at least a week in-between skipping a breastfeeding session, so both your baby and your breasts get used to the changes.
If baby is sick or there is another event such as a move or a change in daycare postpone weaning baby for a couple weeks to ensure baby is okay and ready to wean.
The last feedings to go are usually the morning and the night time feedings, I recommend cutting out the morning feeding first. Your baby will be hungry and will eat a good nutritious breakfast.
When it is finally time to wean baby from the night time feedings, it is easier to have your breasts out of sight. Having your spouse put baby down for bed can make this transition easier. Tell your baby goodnight and hand baby off to dad. It takes a good week of dad putting baby to sleep for baby to get the hang of it. Before you put baby to bed make sure baby is full. Give baby a nighttime snack and a full cup of milk. When the week is complete go back to your regular bedtime routine only replacing breastfeeding with milk.
This isn't the easiest thing to do and it takes quite a bit of time, but with some patience it will happen for you and your baby. Good Luck!!
About the author: Brooke Schuman writes articles on the internet about babies. As a mother herself of a one year old boy, Brooke is experiencing first hand the joy and the challenges for raising a baby. She loves being a full time mother and asks you to please visit her Baby Blog and her baby website when you have a chance. baby.ideas-from.us