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.