Correct weaning: Gentle goodbye to mom’s breast

Weaning is a sensitive issue for both mother and child. In addition to the "when" is above all the "how" crucial. We will review recommendations of midwives and the National Breastfeeding Committee for natural weaning and provide tips for weaning the baby and reduce milk production.

When to wean?

Ideally, mom and baby are unanimous when it's time to wean.

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Eventually, the time comes and you have to deal with the issue of weaning. Ideally, the mother and child are ready and the transition to the vial or the broth works without problems. But unfortunately the timing is not always so wonderful. In most cases it is the mother who wants or breastfeeding sooner or later give up needs. The desire for more independence, serious illnesses or work entry are possible reasons. No matter why you choose for weaning: It is important that They are aware of the decision and make itself, without making yourself feel pressured by anyone to do so.

When is the best time to wean?

There is nothing wrong with weaning in the first year, as well as against the continued breastfeeding through the first, second and third year and beyond. It is a very individual decision to be taken by each parent for yourself and your baby alone. Therefore, there is also not the right time for weaning.

The National Breastfeeding Committee (NSK) at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recommends breast-feeding For at least the first six months of life. As long outweigh the benefits of breast milk for the baby compared to the industrially produced baby milk. But also every other breastfeeding after 6 months nor profit your child's health. Not later than 7 months of age, the baby foods should be introduced. At best, complementary feeding and breastfeeding sessions are still running alongside a while before the solid food replaces breast milk slowly, without bottles and milk substitutes.

A best time of weaning, there is not a bad does. Such would be, for example, when your baby is sick or just churned through some changes and cranky. Move the weaning, where possible, in a somewhat calmer phase.

By the way: A disease of the mother is not necessarily a reason to wean. For many diseases, there are medications that do not affect the quality of breast milk and do not harm the child. It is important that you seek information from your doctor about which medications are appropriate and whether there are alternatives, if appropriate, further facilitate breastfeeding.

Also no compelling reasons for weaning are:

• a chest infection that is noticed and treated early
• if the baby is teething
• reinstating the period after birth
• a new pregnancy
• Re-entry into the profession: Nursing mothers have in working hours and
  -conditions similar rights such as pregnant women. Add to this the law
   to breastfeeding periods of a day at least 2 x 30 minutes in which stilled or
   Milk can be pumped out.

Of course wean is slowly wean

When weaning two processes take place simultaneously: the baby is weaned from the mother's breast and milk production are reduced. Both works best when the change happens slowly and not abruptly.

Therefore, the recommendation is: Maximum replace a breastfeeding week by a bottle feed or supplement with complementary foods. Plan six to eight weeks, if you want, of course, possible to wean. For the first meal to be replaced choose best not the first or the last meal of the day still. A meal in the afternoon, to which you already have less milk, makes itself better for the first attempt. The last breastfeeding before bedtime is usually the last breastfeeding that is replaced. It is used in many families for some time further than Einschlafritual.

Weaning before the end of the 6th month

If you want to stop breastfeeding before the end of the sixth month of life, breast milk is to be replaced with industrially produced baby milk until your child is completely switched to porridge or solid food. Generally, it means that the parent or substitute milk in the first year of life should be the most important meal and calorie source.

Of course abstillen

From now on there the vial.

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Select a breastfeeding with which you want to start. Place your baby as normal, but it can not get enough to drink it. They offer after feeding just off the vial. Sometimes it works the other way around better, so only the bottle and then the chest. Experiment to see which option is better for you and your baby. If your baby with the vial can not make friends, ask your partner to take over bottle feeding and it might even go to another room. The changed situation can help your child to accept the vial easier.

Take the following day just so on and reduce the breast-feeding more and more, so that your baby is drinking more and more exclusively fed it to the substitute milk and in the end. Four to five days later you can take a more breastfeeding addressed by this scheme. it does not choose the very next Still meal of the day, but leave beginning a full breastfeeding between the fed fed meals.

Weaning after the end of the 6th month 

If you want to stop breast-feeding after the end of the sixth month of life, you might even completely without industrial milk substitutes. This requires that you still continue breastfeeding for some time, even if your baby eats porridge already busy. No wonder the first porridge are called complementary foods - they are additionally fed breast milk and not instead. Which porridge is suitable for first complementary foods, learn: ➤ Supplementary feeding: baby after feeding on pulp used

Again, you put your baby only normal, but let it not be completely fed up drinking. Then give him two or three spoons of porridge. Then you can create your baby again. Gradually increase the amount of slurry and reduce lactation. Again, If it works as not, you only have the porridge and then the chest at. Increase the amount of complementary foods and the double-meals continuously and evenly. This means you do not have to replace breastfeeding completely before supplementation about a week later in another. Breastfeed your child for the first year despite porridge continue as needed.

Tips for weaning the baby

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    Make it no longer comfortable to breastfeed, but rather something uncomfortable. So breastfeeding loses some of its charm for your child. not sit down and your usual Still Place and unpack the nursing pillow away. 

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    Wear silent unfriendly clothing. That means no more nursing bras and mehere Pads Tops. So do not be tempted "times fast to create" and your child realizes that drinking at the breast is no longer so simple.

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    This tip may sound funny, but helps to ensure that your child breastfeeding "forgets": Avoid it, log out, or move in front of your baby. It should not see your breasts as possible.

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    If your baby is often satisfied in certain situations, you change your daily routine to avoid these situations. That means you go, for example, often out if your child is used to being indoors only breastfed.

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    Try to distract your baby if it wants to your chest. Offer him something else instead to drink or eat.

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    Your partner and other trusted persons are asked. You should as often as possible to take over the feeding, so that your baby not only sees it as a food source.

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    Remember: For your baby breastfeeding is not only food intake, but also security, comfort and affection. It is therefore important that you give your child in the phase of weaning especially a lot of attention and physical contact, so that the important nearby is not lost to you by weaning him.

Advantage of the natural weaning is that both the digestive system of your baby and your body will have time to adapt to the new situation: the fuller your baby by replacing milk or solid food is, the shorter and less intense, it will suck on your chest. Milk production is then entirely be reduced by itself. Incidentally recommend midwives also at gradually weaned children the Breastfeeding on demand. This means you offer your breast no longer active, but do not deny them to your baby. So the change is emotionally easier to cope with your child.
Rapid weaning and tips with heavy breasts

Not always have enough time, call in weaning over weeks or months. Severity of the mother disorders, a surgery or other reasons can sometimes make a rapid weaning necessary. This journey is often for the baby with a emotional trauma connected. Here it is particularly important to pay him much attention and cuddles.

To quickly yet gently wean, they replaced every two to three days a complete breastfeeding. Does it go faster, you do not put on your child. However, this is the hardest option for you and your child and run by midwives not recommended.

Tips for heavy breasts and pain

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    If the pressure is too great, swipe from some milk or pump a small amount, but only so much until the feeling of tension subsides.

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    Wear a good supportive but not constricting bra. Up the breasts tie, like a recommendation was earlier, by the way does not help, because the mammary glands not regress by.

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    Drink at two to three cups of sage or mint tea that inhibits milk production. Even parsley has a milk-inflammatory effect.

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    Cool the breast, for example, with cottage cheese wrap.

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    Homeopathic remedies can help weaning. Ask what drugs are a lactation consultant for you question.

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    Only in an emergency you should take medication to himself that stop milk production. These have in most cases, but unpleasant side effects. Let Discuss this with your doctor.

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