Weaning Your Baby

July 20, 2011

All good things must come to an end, and a breastfeeding relationship is one of them. .




New moms—especially if they’re having a hard time—often ask me when they should wean their baby.  The answer is really between them and their baby.   Guidelines such as that of the American Academy of Pediatrics which suggest mothers give their babies exclusively breastmilk for the first 6 months, and breastmilk plus supplementary solids for at least a year, can be helpful; but in my experience,  moms breastfeed as long as it is working well for them, and sometimes longer if they can.  At other times babies make the decision themselves, and moms follow along.