When and how to wean the child from the breast?
Otuchenie baby from breastfeeding; this is a difficult period in the life of mom and her baby. The information below will tell you when and by what methods you can wean the baby from the chest. But there are situations when you can not stop breastfeeding. They will be discussed at the end of the article.
Many mothers are convinced that weaning the baby from the breast is a complicated and painful process. However, if it occurs at a physiologically appropriate age, then everything will be completed safely, without unnecessary psychological trauma, both for the mother and the child.
- Many specialists on GV and pediatricians are convinced that it is necessary to breastfeed a child for at least a year. As for the exact definition of age limits, when it is necessary to wean the baby, the opinions of specialists differ.
- Most doctors believe that the optimal age for weaning is one and a half years. When a child reaches the age of a year and a half, the mother’s milk begins to lose nutritional value. It is no longer an obligatory food for the baby. A child of 1.5 years old gets everything necessary for growth and development from other foods. From a psychological point of view, a child in a year and a half is ready to give up mother’s breast without much effort.
- Children older than 1.5 years will be much more difficult to wean from the breast, because it becomes for them not a source of nutrition, but a means of consolation, and therefore the process of weaning can complicate it because of this.
- Quite a lot in the medical environment and supporters of the natural process of weaning after reaching a child of one and a half years. This is due primarily to the involution of lactation, that is, with a natural decrease in the production of breast milk. If a child asks for a breast before going to sleep, at night, and also as consolation, then he is not psychologically ready to part with his mother’s breast. But gradually, growing up, the child himself will abandon it.
- The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for up to two years in countries where infections have a vast field of activity. These countries are also our state.