Breastfeeding and kindergarten; Is it possible to combine?
As is known, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding for up to 2 years or older (WHO recommendations) and if the mother practices long-term feeding, it is at this point that she begins to wonder whether to give the baby to the kindergarten. Especially when a grown-up kid is already beginning to show character, go through development crises, and mother, what to hide, gets tired of sitting at home. As a breastfeeding consultant, I often hear such a question from a nursing mother when the baby is 2 years old: How to properly wean the baby, because we will soon be in kindergarten? I ask: And if you could combine kindergarten and feeding, would you feed further? And many moms answer: Of course!
It turns out that circumstances dictate the completion of breastfeeding, although both sides would like to continue it.
What are the difficulties for mother and child on the way, in connection with a visit to a kindergarten, if breastfeeding is not interrupted?
The first thing that Mom thinks about is the need to give crumbs to a kindergarten in 2 years at all. And she is right that she doubts this, specialists in child psychology are advised to give babies to the kindergarten from 3 years. At this age, children can already consciously be in the team, they know how to contact, there is communication and a desire for joint games with peers. What will we see in the kindergarten, if we go to the group to just crumbs? Basically, every baby plays on his own, in his corner, almost not paying attention to other children. Due to their development, children of this age do not aspire to take part in collective games to the fullest. But as we grow older, the situation changes dramatically, the three-year-olds are drawn to communication, they want and know how to play together. So if there is such an opportunity, it’s better not to rush to give it to the garden in 2 years, at this age the kids-pencils still very much need Mom, her closeness, comfort, tranquility and comfort, which gives the presence of mom.
If this is not possible, then we begin to prepare in advance both ourselves and the future kindergartener. It will be better that the first trip to the kindergarten was at least a month before your expected work, if you want to combine these two significant events. This will allow both you and your button to take the time to get used to the new status, to the new situation, new events.
In many preschool institutions it is allowed to come with the baby to the group or to the playground for familiarization and games so that the child can adapt more easily in another atmosphere. Ask the head of the institution if you can come with a crumb to the group or to the site in order for the child to settle in the new territory.
From my own experience, I recommend to bring your home mode closer to the kindergarten regime in advance. Believe me, it will not be easy for a child to get up if he is used to going to bed at 22-23 pm (and this happens quite often), and it will be necessary to get up at 7 am (how to wake a child in a kindergarten), when he usually sleeps up to 9. The same concerns and daytime sleep. Approximation of the home regime to the kindergarten will greatly facilitate the adaptation to the kindergarten.
The second acute angle when combining breastfeeding and visiting the kindergarten. Many mothers even see this as the main problem. He will not fall asleep without sisi there! .