Weaning starts when babies have food other than breastmilk. It ends when they no longer have any breastmilk. You might decide to stop breastfeeding when or before your baby reaches 6 or 12 months. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until your baby starts eating solid foods at around six months. This way your baby can get used to the change in routine and diet, and your body can get used to not making milk. Plenty of cuddles and time with you can help your baby feel secure and loved without relying on the breast.
Curious what you can do to make the weaning experience easier on you, your body, and your baby? Read on for some tips and what to do with your pump. Your decision to wean from pumping is a personal one and solely yours to make, Mama. Though the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusively feeding your baby breast milk for the first six months of their life and continuing to provide breast milk alongside complementary foods for up to 12 months or longer, the reality is that every breastfeeding journey is unique. Some moms may have ongoing milk supply issues, nursing challenges, or a job that makes it difficult to continue pumping after returning to work. Whatever your reason may be, you're likely wondering how to wean from pumping and make the transition from breast milk feeding easiest for you, your body, and your baby.
Whether to breastfeed or not is a very personal decision. If you're a mom-to-be or have just given birth and won't be breastfeeding , or if you've been breastfeeding and have decided to stop, you'll have one challenge to deal with: Before your body realizes it no longer needs to produce milk and stops lactating, it's quite likely your breasts will become engorged. Breast engorgement isn't pleasant.
Breastfeeding, also called nursing, is the process of feeding a mother's breast milk to her infant, either directly from the breast or by expressing pumping out the milk from the breast and bottle-feeding it to the infant. Increased breastfeeding globally could prevent approximately , deaths of children under the age of five annually. Benefits for the mother include less blood loss following delivery , better uterus contraction, and decreased postpartum depression. Health organizations, including the WHO , recommend breastfeeding exclusively for six months.