Weaning your baby

When should you wean your baby?

There is no ideal age for weaning. You can do it when you are ready, whether the baby is only a few days or over six months old.

However, the WHO and the Ministry of Health recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, followed by continued breastfeeding in conjunction with a varied diet until the age of two years or beyond, depending on the preference of the child and the mother.

- Many mothers decide to wean their babies when they go back to work. If you are returning to work, you may want to wean your baby either completely or partially, for example breastfeeding in the mornings and evenings only. Some countries require an employer to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee needs to express milk.

- Some mothers believe they need to wean their baby when they are ill or have surgery. But medications compatible with breastfeeding are often available, so you may want to examine the situation with a breastfeeding specialist. You can also suspend breastfeeding while you are having treatment (continuing to express milk so as to avoid any reduction in production), and then resume breastfeeding when it is finished.

- If you are not obliged to stop by external constraints, the right time to wean is when you no longer want to breastfeed. Listen to your needs, the needs of your baby and those of your partner as well. You are the only one who can determine the best time for you.

- If you enjoy breastfeeding, you can opt for natural weaning, in other words waiting for your child to give it up naturally. You will then have the satisfaction of experiencing this wonderful bond with your child up to its natural end.



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