How to wean a child from breastfeeding

It is time for your beautiful breastfeeding journey to come to an end and you do not know how to go about it. These tips might help you get a hang on what you can do:

1. Ensure that you are totally ready for this. You won't make any progress if you continue giving into your baby's cries to suck.

2. Start by gradually reducing the number of daily feeds. You can go from day time feeds to just night time feeds, this reduces your supply and mentally preps the baby too.

3. Have alternatives available, depending on your child's preference. It could be cereal, juice, formula, milk or tea. When your child wants to suck, you need to always offer an alternative instead.

4. You need a firm bra in case of engorgement. You can also use cold cabbage leaves to absorb some fluid from the breast. Just place the cold leaf on the areola and nipple and let the bra hold it. It would also provide relief. People with a low supply would most likely not experience engorgement.

5. Extreme means like leaving the child with someone else for a few days or weeks can also help them forget about breastfeeding.


In conclusion, remember that the recommended age according to WHO is 2 years but you should try to breastfeed for at least a year.


Share your thoughts with us? How is your weaning process going?

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macybriggs 4 months ago
I went with the extreme method.. lol