Breastfeeding your baby not only offers various health benefits, but also creates a close bond between the two of you. Weaning is therefore a big step for you and your baby or toddler, and should not be abruptly done from one day to the next. Fortunately, weaning from breastfeeding does not have to be complicated. After all, when you stop breastfeeding and how much time you need is entirely up to you. It's mainly a question of being patient and well informed. We share some essential tips with you!
1. Listen to your body
Give your baby and yourself all the time you need to gradually wean off breastfeeding. You no longer have to bring your baby to your breast at every possible moment, but continue to give milk as soon as you feel pressure in your breasts. That way, you avoid infections and help your child to get used to the bottle. Do you sometimes suffer from leaking breasts, because milk production hasn't completely reduced yet? Thanks to the breast pads from Nûby, no-one will notice anything.
2. Keep a breast pump at home
Do you not have a breast pump? Then now is the ideal time to get one. By replacing one breastfeed every day with a bottle of expressed milk, you help your baby progress a little further. Most babies are ready for a bottle as soon as they are four weeks old, but of course you will know best whether or not your son or daughter is ready at that time.
By the way, it is definitely a good idea to have family and friends give the bottle every now and then. That way, your baby learns that not all milk (and later solid food) has to come from you. Extra tip: there are bottles available with a special teat that is just as supple and has the same soft glands as mummy's breast.
3. It's best not to pressure yourself when weaning from breastfeeding
Weaning from breastfeeding is quite a challenge for many mums. Some babies are very attached to the breast and all children develop their own will at some point. Above all, don't let yourself get pressured - either by those around you or by your child.
- Avoid a battle of wills: don't offer breastfeeding anymore, but don't refuse it either if your baby asks for it.
- Try to delay breastfeeding every now and then. ("Later, when mummy has done the dishes.")
- Only breastfeed at a specific spot, for example only at home.
- Distract your baby sometimes when they ask for the breast. Play a game together, take a short walk, etc.
- Gradually suggest solid food or other drinks every time your child is hungry.
You can find more tips for mums on our blog!