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My Child is Not Interested in Weaning from Breastfeeding - Help!

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Weaning from breastfeeding can be challenging, and some babies are very attached to their mothers. There are times when the decision to wean your child is more yours than waiting until your baby seems ready to give up the breast. You may need to stop breastfeeding full-time because you are getting ready to return to work, you prefer not to continue breastfeeding because you are planning a subsequent pregnancy, or simply want your body back. All of these are legitimate reasons to start the process. How can you deal with a child who is not interested in weaning to start the process. Here are some suggestions.

Help for a baby Who Does Not Want to Give up Breastfeeding

- Make weaning a gradual process

Trying to go "cold turkey" to get it over with is going to be too much of a shock to you and your baby. Start the process early if you are planning to go back to work, but give yourself at least a couple of weeks to let yourself and you child adjust to weaning.

- Don't give up intimacy with your child along with breastfeeding.

Make sure that you give your baby some extra attention during the weaning process by making a point of snuggling together and reading stories or having some extra playtime.

- Try to avoid weaning when your child is undergoing another significant change.

Unless your baby has a particularly laid back personality and can go with the flow easily, try to avoid stacking the weaning process on top of another change in his or her life, such as starting or changing child care arrangements, moving homes, or learning how to walk.

-Get help from your partner or another caregiver during weaning.

If you are trying to wean a baby who is less then six months old, you will be substituting a formula feedings for breastfeedings. At about three or four months of age, babies become aware of what is going on around them, and you may find it easier to have your partner or another caregiver give them the bottle feeding if you encounter resistance.If you are giving the bottle, try adopting a different feeding position or feeding your baby in a different location.

- Consider breastfeeding in the morning and at night if you are returning to work.

You don't necessarily have to stop breastfeeding completely if you are a working parent. You can nurse your child before you go to work and at night. Start eliminating daytime feedings before you go back and your milk supply will adjust to this schedule. You can still pump to relieve some of the pressure if you are uncomfortable or apply warm washcloths to your breasts for pain relief wile your body adjusts.