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Tips on Weaning: Breastfeeding Toddler

In terms of weaning, breastfeeding young children are in the minority. If you’ve been breastfeeding your baby to toddlerhood, congratulate yourself on providing the best nutrition for your baby in the first few years of life.

Weaning a toddler is a milestone in itself for both mother and child, as it marks an important change in the relationship between mother and child. Mothers who have been breastfeeding for so long often have a hard time imagining what it would be like to stop breastfeeding their babies. Breastfeeding has become a staple of their daily life, a natural and important part of their relationship.

Tips on Weaning Breastfeeding Toddler

At this age, breastfeeding is no longer the primary means of meeting a child’s nutritional needs. Perhaps in addition to your role in feeding your baby, when it comes to breastfeeding, your baby will feel safe and comfortable knowing you are there for her.

When you’re ready to stop breastfeeding, you can encourage your breastfeeding toddler to wean your baby by:

  • explain. Now that you have an older boy (or girl) who understands you, it’s easier to explain that you have to make some changes, especially when it comes to breastfeeding. When you tell your toddler that one day, when she’s ready, she won’t need to breastfeed anymore, try to be as honest as possible.
  • Be creative. Now is the time to provide your kids with nutritious and dizzying foods. This is the experimental stage of eating for toddlers, so try a variety of foods. Exposing her to different kinds of foods will help you avoid picky eaters later on. Try combining different dips and spreads with veggies or crackers so your kids can enjoy a meal alongside their meals.
    Gradually eliminate feeding as much as possible. If she didn’t do it when she was a baby,
  • now is the time to do it. Feed your baby one at a time, allowing your baby and your body to adjust and gradually introduce cup feeding. When it’s almost time for breastfeeding to be eliminated, avoid going to places where your baby is usually breastfed. You can also try giving him a toy to distract him.
  • Involve your child in the decision to stop breastfeeding. If you decide to wean naturally (letting both baby and mother decide when to wean), one way is to let your child choose her weaning day – the day he will stop breastfeeding. You can celebrate this milestone with a small party and give him a weaning gift.
  • Give him time to adjust. At this stage, your baby will not only be breastfeeding, but will also feel the security that only a mother can give. If you suddenly remove your breast, your
  • toddler may think you’re abandoning him. Weaning does not happen overnight. If you notice him craving milk when he’s bored, give him something to play with or read to him. Watch his wishes so you don’t have to force him to do things he doesn’t want to do.
  • Remember: Should you decide to wean at this stage, you have no reason to feel guilty. The modern mother (especially a working one) breastfeeds an average of 6 to 10 months from the time the baby is born.

Breast milk is good for your baby and is always recommended regardless of age, but if you feel the need to wean your baby (if your baby wants to, too), now is a good time to do so.

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