How to wean your baby
Our step by step guide to stoping the breast and moving onto solid foods...
- If you can, begin weaning three weeks before going back to work. Start gradually: don't refuse your baby a feed, but don't encourage it.
- Bit by bit, replace a breastfeed with a bottle-feed and if possible, ask a family member or friend to give him the bottle (it's Dad's turn now!)
- Gradually increase the number of bottle-feeds and reduce the number of breastfeeds. Your lactation will decline as the baby's demand decreases.
- If your baby categorically refuses the bottle, don't panic: there are cups and spoons which you can use to feed the most stubborn babies. These can be found on manufacturers' websites (e.g. Medela).
- If you're feeling blue, this is completely normal. Ask yourself: do you really need to wean your baby, or is it for your partner or job? Is it just because it's "the done thing"? Talk to peer supporters or other mothers on forums for support.
For a list of breastfeeding support groups in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, call the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Breastfeeding Help Line on 0300 330 0771 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0300 330 0771 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Lines open 9am-5pm Mon-Thu and 9am-4pm on Friday. If you live in Scotland, you can locate your nearest breastfeeding support group by visiting this website: http://www.breastfeed.scot.nhs.uk/breastfeedinggroups.htm