When to wean a child from breastfeeding
Child Development / / April 03, 2016
When and how to wean a child from breastfeeding
When to wean a child from breastfeeding - every mother decides itself.But we know that this process is useful both for the mother and for the baby.And the longer the child receives human milk, the better for his health and well-being.How to catch the moment when to wean a child from breastfeeding and how to do it correctly and safely for the child and for the mother?
problem weaning psychological rather than physiological.For one and a half or two years of a healthy child is able to eat with a common table to obtain all the necessary for the full development of the substance.At the same time, and changes occur in the mother's body, and as a result, changing the composition of breast milk.It is more nutritious, increases the concentration of substances that give a kind of starting point for the development of the child's organism apart from the mother.
There are women who are fed children up to 4-5 years, but modern doctors believe this is quite unnecessary.WHO recommends breast milk a baby needs up to 2 years.Wean baby from breastfeeding night, of course, possible in the past.A mother alone determines the exact date of the completion of lactation.It depends on its employment, and state of health.
wean the child from breastfeeding in the following situations:
- feeding becomes debilitating, after their mother is feeling tired;
- at long intervals is not reached as much in feeding milk as before, and a sense of fullness mammary glands absent;
- appeared pain in the chest due to intense resorption child empty the breast.
When she feels that the time has come to stop lactation, before it raises the question: how to wean the baby from breastfeeding, without causing him stress?Unfortunately, the vast majority of children are not willing to give up my mother's milk, despite the fact that they do not experience food shortages.For baby feeding time - an opportunity to close contact with his mother, at that moment the baby is happy and at peace, it is nice and peaceful.It should be remembered every mother who chooses correctly weaned from breastfeeding, without stress.If the baby is fed and, nevertheless, begging the mother's breast, then it needs attention, affection and my mother's care.If the mother of the child will provide due care, then the problem is practically solved, will remove only a mechanical relationship of the child from sucking.
Mechanical dependence is not necessarily associated with breastfeeding, here you can carry and sucking baby bottles, pacifiers or their own fingers.Usually parents are trying to distract the child with something that he turned his attention to the breast (bottles, pacifiers) to another activity or object.This is a good and harmless way, but it is short-term effect, the child's attention have to switch constantly, and this is a very tired parents.In order not to provoke the interest of the baby to the mother's breast, not change clothes at the child, do not mention the word in a conversation, which may cause the child to the mother's breast Association.The smaller the child will see the object of his desire, the less we think about it.As practice shows, receptions with mustard and other bitter or unpleasant taste means, give effect only in individual cases.Children are very creative and quick to cope with the difficulties imposed by their access to the mother's breast.Therefore it is necessary to solve the problem on a psychological level.You can arrange a competition or game, based on the refusal of the mother's breast.If a child is categorically do not want to give up the breast, it is quite possible, it is not due to mere caprice, and on it there are objective reasons.
In some cases, it is not recommended weaning:
- move, a change of scenery;
- period of the disease the child or immediately thereafter;
- stressful family situation;
- painful teething.
In such situations with weaning is better to wait and wait for a more opportune moment.