Breastfeeding for the child is more than a way to feed, being an exchange of emotions from mother to child. But when is the time to stop?
Weaning should be a simple process that accompanies a child’s development, but most often it does not. The baby may end up suffering because for him milk represents much more than a food, it is an important and emotional exchange with the mother.
In the first months of life, the breast means the safe harbor for the child. The mother’s body is able to represent the host. The ideal is exclusive breastfeeding until the child is six months old and continues to breastfeed until the age of two.
But there comes an hour that it needs to stop and it is important that mom understands that breastfeeding represents safety and tranquility for the baby, so at the time of weaning she needs to be very present because what the baby really wants is protection.
At two years of age, the child learns about foods and discovers new flavors, which reduces breastfeeding without any kind of suffering. Some of them naturally do not accept breast milk anymore.
Do not wean overnight. At the usual feeding time, do not offer the breast until the child asks. Try to entertain the baby with some activity or offer another food option. Try to decrease breastfeeding time and vary the place of breastfeeding.
It is normal for your child to lose interest in breastfeeding over time and become accustomed to bottle feeding and other foods.