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Weaning: There are no complications with these tips!

Some mothers can hardly wait, others feel sad when it comes to weaning. Here you can find out what is good to know about the right time and suitable methods for weaning.

At a glance

  • When weaning, a baby is weaned from the breast or bottle and introduced to porridge or solid food.
  • The WHO and the National Breastfeeding Commission recommend full breastfeeding for at least six months and then slowly introducing complementary foods. However, when is the right time for you and your baby to wean, you alone decide.
  • If you want to wean, you can start by replacing a breastfeeding meal with porridge, where your baby is usually not too hungry and you tend to have less milk.
  • It usually takes several weeks to months for your baby to switch from breast milk to porridge and / or solid foods entirely.

What does weaning and weaning mean?

Weaning is when the baby no longer gets any more meals from the breast. Instead, it eats fruit, vegetable, milk porridge or solid foods. In the case of bottle babies, it is called weaning (from the bottle). Children who no longer need a bottle but rather spoon porridge or who are already attending family dinners are weaned.

When is the right time to wean?

Strictly speaking, there is no such thing. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Breastfeeding Commission recommend that you stay on for at least six months breastfeeding and then slowly start the babyVegetable and fruit puree to accustom. But ultimately, each mother decides for herself how long breastfeeding is right for her and her baby and when she wants to change her diet. It is important that you listen to yourself and your feelings alone and not to what others say. No woman should think she is sweetly feeling a bad mother if she decides to wean her child after six months (or sooner).

Conversely, women who breastfeed their child at the age of two do not have to justify themselves either. The WHO even recommends breastfeeding - at least partially - until the end of the second year of life, because one thing is certain: breast milk is the best food for a child. It contains all the important nutrients, strengthens the immune system and prevents infectious diseases and allergies. With all the advantages of breast milk: The right time for you to wean is more a result of your individual living conditions. Here are a few possible circumstances and signs that the time is right to start weaning:

  • You go back to work and can therefore no longer breastfeed regularly (yes, the Maternity Protection Act regulates breastfeeding breaks, but in practice full breastfeeding and work are sometimes difficult to combine).
  • Your child is clearly showing interest in your fork and what is on it.
  • Your baby will only have a short drink and will quickly appear distracted.
  • You have the urgent need to have a little more freedom and self-determination about your body again.
  • The first teeth have erupted and you can feel them regularly on your chest.
  • You are about to stay in hospital or take long-term medication that is not breastfeeding compatible.
  • You have the feeling that your breast is no longer producing enough milk and that your child is not really full from it.
  • Sometimes the partner or the immediate environment also wishes that breastfeeding is no longer possible. But try not to let it influence you too much and listen inside to see if you are ready.

Tips: How do I breastfeed without complications?

If your baby is less than four months old and you want to wean, you will have to gradually replace each breast meal with a milk bottle meal. The WHO does not recommend starting complementary foods until the fourth month. For example, if you go back to work, you can Express milk too and keep feeding your baby with your milk in your absence. And of course you can also switch to powdered milk.

If your child is older than four months, you can start replacing individual meals with fruit and vegetable puree. Basically, saying goodbye to breastfeeding should take place slowly. Either your baby shows less and less interest in your breast, gradually drinks less, shorter and less often, and then breastfeeds itself. Over time, your body gets used to the lower demand and will accordingly produce less milk. Or you have decided to stop breastfeeding and offer your breast less often, but increase it to the same extent Complementary foods. Here, too, your body has time to adjust to the changes and to produce less milk from week to week.
The following tips can help you transition smoothly:

  • So far, your baby only knows your milk. It's always just right warm and the taste and smell are familiar. Don't be surprised if the first porridge doesn't meet with enthusiasm straight away. Your baby will have to get used to it. Perhaps you will make the first porridge with a dash of breast milk for him a little more familiar? And the quantities of porridge your child initially eats are also very small. One to two spoons at the beginning is quite normal. Our will show you how to switch your baby over to new baby food in a healthy way Complementary food plan.
  • Does your baby react negatively to the spoon? Here we have them ten golden rules for spoon feeders compiled.
  • Try shortening your breastfeeding time. If you've been breastfeeding for more than 10 minutes in the past, try reducing the duration of breastfeeding to 5 minutes now. Afterwards you can offer some fruit puree.
  • Choose a time to wean when it is otherwise not so busy. When your baby isteethor comes to daycare, it is very busy and unsettled with these changes and looks for even closer proximity to you.
  • Your baby smells your milk. If you notice that it is getting restless on your arm and is digging its way up to your blouse, it can help if dad or grandma take the little one. It doesn't smell that seductive there and unless your baby is really hungry, it can be distracted.

It is advisable to replace the milk meal first, when you tend to have less milk in your breast (most women do this between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.). So not in the early morning, when your bosom is plump from the long night and your child is very hungry. Once your child has accepted this new meal, another one can be added.

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How long does it take to breastfeed?

As is so often the case, this differs from baby to baby. For example, if it has been observing its older siblings for a long time while they are eating and can get a piece of soft pear out of the Tupperware container, it may respond more quickly to the offer of complementary foods or solid foods.

But please always keep in mind: Breastfeeding is much more than just eating. A baby who is strangers or is going through a phase that is not entirely harmonious looks particularly for the closeness of the mother, feels secure and comfortable on the breast and is not so ready for new things.

Normally, weaning will always take several weeks, because even if your baby has just learned to love the fruit puree, it may not immediately react enthusiastically to its first vegetable and meat puree. Your baby needs time for these many new impressions and also to adapt his digestion to the new foods.

What if I have to wean from one day to the next?

Such an abrupt weaning is not recommended, but sometimes it is simply necessary. For example, if the mother has a serious illness or has to take medication for a long time that is incompatible with breastfeeding. Weaning then no longer happens slowly and gently, but the breastfeeding period comes to an abrupt end.
What else we can advise you in such a situation: Try not to withdraw your closeness from your child just because they want your breasts faster on your arm. This sudden change has turned his life upside down and the new diet is bound to give him trouble. When mom withdraws, the need is great. Cuddling, closeness and familiarity in the family are especially important now.

It often occurs during sudden weaning Milk congestion and breast infections. For you and your body, which now has to adapt very quickly, these tricks will help to strongly reduce your milk production in three to four days and soon let it dry up completely:

  • Drink supportive weaning sage tea.
  • Wear a tight bra (be careful not to pinch you anywhere!) Or wrap a scarf tightly around your bosom. Both of these restrict blood circulation and thus also hinder milk production.
  • Cool the chest with cold packs from the pharmacy. This also restricts blood circulation, and the cold also has a preventive effect against breast infections.
  • Important during weaning: the breast should be massaged from time to time so that there is no congestion. You can also spread out some milk. If the pressure is still too high, you can express small amounts of milk - but please only enough to make the pressure bearable. If you empty the breast, the body receives the signal: make more milk, please!
  • And as for your mother's heart, please don't blame yourself. If you have a serious illness, this is the only right decision. It is more important for your child that you will be fine again soon and that you can be there for them.
  • You will surely mourn the breast meals if you suddenly have to wean. But you can also be very close to your baby when feeding or giving bottles, cuddling him skin to skin, speaking lovingly and giving him everything he needs.

Are there any medications that can help weaning?

Some drugs inhibit the production of the breastfeeding hormone prolactin and thus also the production of milk. If it is necessary to take medication to wean, for example, because your breast keeps getting inflamed, your doctor will prescribe you hormone preparations, so-called prolactin secretion inhibitors.

Are there any gentle alternatives?

Mothers who want to stop breastfeeding report good experiences with sage tea (three cups a day). It helps because it counteracts the release of prolactin in a natural way. For a cup you take a teaspoon of sage leaves, pour hot water over them and let the tea steep for ten to 15 minutes.

My child refuses to breast - has the breastfeeding period ended?

Depends on age. If it no longer wants to at twelve months, it is part of the natural development and cord cutting process of a toddler. There is no reason to persuade the child to keep drinking by any means. Instead, you can try whether it takes carrot or fruit puree from the spoon - and enjoy this meal. This is an unmistakable sign that they now want something other than mom's milk.

It looks different with small babies. Some suddenly refuse to breastfeed for no apparent reason. Please do not give up too quickly now, but rather look for the causes. Maybe the last time it was scared? Or something was very different from usual? It is similarly unfamiliar for the child when mom tries out a new perfume or a new body lotion. Babies with a blocked nose also often do not like to drink from their bosom because it is difficult for them to get air.

In the interim, you can also feed expressed milk, preferably with a spoon or a shot glass, because this way you don't confuse the baby with a teat. If the expressed milk does not want it either, you should reach for baby food after a day at the latest. If you are unsure, please ask your pediatrician, midwife or lactation consultant for advice. Together you will find out the cause of the refusal and draw up a plan for how you will survive the dry spell (in the truest sense of the word).

Some babies do not want to be weaned. What to do?

It depends on how much you want to wean. If you can imagine continuing to breastfeed for some time, do it. If not, there are a few tricks you can use to outsmart the child:

  • Change your habits: