Tips for Weaning (but Only When You and Baby are Ready!)
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of life and then to at least 12 months of age with complementary foods. With that said, every mother will determine how long she will nurse, when she will wean her baby, or when a baby weans himself.
- Wean gradually. Abrupt weaning puts a mom at risk for developing infections like mastitis or a breast abscess because the milk is not regularly drained from the breast. The sudden shift in hormones when reducing nursing sessions and the reduction in milk supply may also cause depression in mom, especially if she doesn’t want to wean and is being pressured to do so, or if she is prone to depression.Gradual weaning is also gentler for baby who may need time to adjust to a new situation.