Breastfeeding - Weaning

By Maureen Thorpe, RN on March 14, 2007
Weaning
When should you stop breast-feeding? That's up to you and your baby. If you are both enjoying the experience, carry on!

If you are going back to work and you are both enjoying breast-feeding, think about continuing to feed your baby in the morning and evening.

Whatever the reason is that you are planning to stop breast-feeding, how you go about it depends a lot on the age of your baby. Call your health department or someone who you know has experience.

Introducing a Bottle
Some mothers are anxious to give a bottle in the first few weeks so that their babies get used to it. Others wait until they wean. Still others wean to a cup because the baby is older.

It is a good idea to wait until your baby is breast-feeding really well, before you introduce a bottle; otherwise it might be confusing to your baby.

Recommended Reading
Breastfeeding: Getting Breastfeeding Right for You. Renfrew, Fisher, and Armes (In most book stores).
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. La Leche League, International.

Breast Feeding Support
  • Public Health nurses
  • La Leche League
  • Lactation Consultant Association
  • Community Health Centres
  • Breastfeeding Clinics
Video
There are many videos about breast-feeding. Ask at your public health department or library. BCCE

By Maureen Thorpe, RN| March 14, 2007

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