If you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby, when do you need to start weaning your baby? It is recommended that you continue to breastfeed your baby up to 2 years of age. However, your own circumstances may be different and you may choose to do so when you are ready.
You may be returning to work and need to have your child weaned to make the transition easier. I suggest you give yourself a couple weeks to attempt to wean your baby since it must be done gradually.
You want to start by eliminating one feeding at a time and it should be the feeding that your baby needs the least. So night time and a nap time feedings would be the last to go. You can start by trying to eliminating a mid morning feeding by distracting your little one with other activities such as going to the park or playing outside.
Wait a few days to a week or two before you try to eliminate another feeding. You want to take things gradually so that your baby gets use to the idea and to prevent engorgement as well.
I would not offer your breast to baby but I would not refuse her either. Try offering milk in a cup instead. If you usually sit in a rocking chair to feed make sure to stay away from routines that are associated with nursing.
Make sure that you have a night time routine in place so that when you are ready to eliminate the night time feeding, it should be easier to do so. A night time routine can include a story time, a bath, and a lullaby. Whatever, you choose make sure it is routine and consistently done each night so that baby knows what to expect next.
I would not suggest being physically absent for your baby while you are weaning, this can be too hard on baby. Take things slowly and eventually baby will get used to the idea of not breastfeeding. This doesn’t mean you cut out all the time spent bonding together. Make sure to replace that skin to skin contact with lots of hugs and snuggles.
Weaning a baby from breastfeeding can be painless for both you and baby as long as you take things slowly.