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How to wean your child off the breasts

Breastfeeding

How to wean your child off the breasts

Stopping breastfeeding should be a decision made by both the mother and the child. After all, breastfeeding does not solely offer nutritional benefits but also the comfort and emotional support it brings to both the mother and the child.

When to stop
There is no exact time to wean your child. The best time would be when both you and your baby are ready. And, make sure that there are no external influences during this weaning period that can add distress — for example, moving to a new house, adjusting to a new routine, or traveling.

How to stop
The best way to stop breastfeeding is the one that leaves both the mom and the baby feeling secure and happy. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your weaning process.

Weaning before your baby turns 1 year old
It is highly recommended to breastfeed or formula-feed exclusively for the first 6 months after birth and then complement breastfeeding or formula feeding with solid foods until your baby is at least one year of age.

How to dry up your breast milk
If you decide to stop producing breast milk for your baby, here are a few ways to go about it:

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