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19 August 2003

Should you wean your baby?

There are a number of factors you need to consider when making this decision. Here is some advice on how to make the right decision.

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This decision depends on a number of factors, including:
  • Your baby may start to wean herself – showing less interest in the breast or rejecting breast milk.
  • You may have grown tired of breastfeeding and frustrated by the lack of freedom that accompanies breastfeeding.
  • Your work situation may make it difficult for you to express breast milk.
  • You decide to stop if you find your baby’s biting too painful.
  • You may be exhausted by the lack of sleep, and nutritional and physical demands of breastfeeding.
  • Your baby fails to thrive (such as gaining weight poorly or being lethargic).
  • If you know that you will not be able to breastfeed in the second year, rather wean now – toddlers are far more resistant to weaning.

Don’t feel pressurised to wean your baby. If you and your baby are happy to continue breastfeeding, go ahead.

 
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