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When is the best time to wean your baby? You must know about weaning

Every breast-feeding baby has the day of weaning. It's a very painful thing for the baby and the fans. Some people say that spring is the best time for weaning. What do you think? In fact, weaning should follow the most scientific method. Today Xiaobian will talk about weaning with you.

1 | best weaning time

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months, and continue breastfeeding for at least 12 months when solid foods are added. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding until age 2 or older. This is the most scientific suggestion.

But when to wean, of course, it is up to the mother and the baby to decide on their own. No matter when you wean, don't follow your own advice. However, it is strongly recommended that breastfeeding should be prolonged and weaned naturally.

2. Correct weaning method

The most natural weaning is the baby's own start. The baby reduces the desire to breast milk, and then the number of breast milk is less and less, until it is completely replaced by other food, complete weaning, which is natural weaning.

Of course, not all children can wean naturally, and some of them may need a lot of trouble. At this time, the correct weaning skills can help them get through the weaning period smoothly.

1. Wean gradually. Gradual weaning can help mothers and children better adapt to changes. This kind of weaning takes a long time, weeks or even months, until the complete cessation of breastfeeding. It is to try to reduce the number of feeding every day, once or twice a day, gradually to stop.

2. Communicate with your children. A child's ability to understand is actually greater than his ability to express. These ideas can be used as an example for your baby to wean as he grows older and to let him understand when it's necessary to wean. For example, when you don't ask for breast milk one morning, praise him; 'when you grow up, you don't ask for milk in the morning.'

3. Give more attention. Weaning may make a child feel lost, so we should pay more attention to him and let him know that even if he does not breastfeed, his mother loves him. We can read picture books and games together with him to increase parent-child interaction, which helps to alleviate children's bad emotions.

4. Don't remind or refuse. When a child forgets breast milk, don't remind him. When it's time for daily breast-feeding, you can divert your attention by playing games, reading picture books, etc., so that he can forget about breast-feeding. Other members of the family can also help in this process. If he wants to breastfeed, don't refuse, you can give him a short period of breastfeeding, and then give him a bottle or cup to drink milk, must slowly, with the pace of the child, can't rush for success.

5. Don't feed for a long time. If the usual breastfeeding time is longer, it may take a period of time to control his breast-feeding time. Try to interrupt his breast feeding time in other ways, such as' baby, it's time to milk, let's go out and play for a while 'or' we'll just have a little breast milk and go to grandma's house. '

6. Reduce breast milk at bedtime. Some babies need to be nursed before going to bed, which is very bad for weaning, especially when they go to bed at night or in the middle of the night. So the first thing to do is to separate the two things, re-establish sleep time, help him fall asleep by singing, rocking or telling stories, and gradually let him get rid of breast comfort. When you wake up at night, you should avoid breast milk as much as possible. You can help them fall asleep again by hugging and patting. Of course, this process is not easy, but it is still necessary.

7. Reduce the chance of breast contact. When playing with the child, you can wear clothes that are not easy for him to touch the breast. In addition, don't change clothes in front of the child, so as not to cause his desire to eat.

Do you want to suck residual milk?

There is a great controversy over whether to suck the residual milk. The idea of sucking milk can reduce the pain of mother's milk and reduce the incidence rate of breast cancer.

But it is certain that frequent sucking can make the breast think that more milk is needed, leading to increased lactation, which is not conducive to weaning. In fact, the use of gradual weaning, lactation slowly reduced, such as do not produce the feeling of milk, there is no need to suck milk.

But suddenly stop milk, easy to cause distending pain unbearable, will also increase the probability of mastitis. If you have been sucking, you can gradually extend the sucking time. On the first day, you can suck for 5 minutes every 2-3 hours, and on the second day, you can suck for 5 minutes every 4-5 hours, and then the interval is longer. If the pain is severe, you can take some painkillers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If there is fever, breast induration, swelling pain aggravating phenomenon, to timely treatment, may be infected with mastitis.

4 | can you use medicine to return milk?

Some mothers want to wean quickly with drugs. Estrogen injections were once used for reinjection, which is commonly known as the injection, but have been discontinued because of the potential risk of promoting clotting, which can lead to stroke or even death.

In addition, bromocriptine, once used to suppress lactation, has been discontinued, which is believed to be associated with heart disease and stroke. Ergolin is considered safe in some cases to inhibit lactation, but it has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and drug administration.

So, for mothers, the risk of weaning with drugs far outweighs the benefits. In fact, the simplest and safest way to restrain lactation is to let the breast stop producing milk by itself. That is to say, through the correct method, gradually reduce the amount of milk, and finally realize weaning, which also reduces the risk of breast duct blockage and mastitis.

In addition to western medicine, there are also some folk milk returning methods, such as drinking milk tea, eating leeks, vitamin B6, etc. at present, there is no scientific theoretical basis for these methods, and it is not recommended to try them.

5 | no need to wean

But sometimes mothers are forced to breastfeed and wean for the following reasons:

1. Quality and quantity of breast milk:

Some mothers began to feel less and less milk, nutrition is not as good as before. In fact, the amount of milk changes with the baby's needs. When the baby no longer needs so much milk, it will naturally decrease. As for the nutrition of breast milk, although complementary food was added after 6 months, and then there were more and more kinds of food, but breast milk is still the best food for babies. Only by adding other complementary food, can we achieve comprehensive nutrition.

2. Return to work:

Some mothers have to work hard when they want to go back to work. They suck their milk when they go to work and keep it. They breast feed when they go to work.

3. Sick baby:

Breast milk contains immune active substances, can increase the baby's immunity, promote the recovery of the disease, in addition, breast-feeding can also comfort the baby. Sometimes, the baby needs to be separated from the mother due to certain diseases, such as entering the intensive care room, the mother can use the sucking device to suck out the milk, and let the medical staff feed the baby, which can also ensure the continuation of breast-feeding.

4. Mother sick:

When the mother is sick, you can choose the safe use of drugs during lactation, also will not affect breastfeeding, unless in some special circumstances, so, in this case, to consult a doctor in time.

5. Baby biting nipple:

When the baby starts to Teether at 6-9 months old, it may bite the mother's nipple, which does not mean that we should give up breast milk, but through some other ways to relieve the baby's teething pain and help the baby through this period.

6. Rejection of nipple aspiration:

At this time, when the mother sucks the nipple, the mother may need help to correct the confusion of the baby's nipple sucking.

7. Recovery of menstruation:

Some people say that breast milk in menstrual period has no nutrition. In fact, this is unreasonable! In menstrual period, the amount of milk may decrease, but it is still the best food. We only need to increase drinking water and frequent feeding, so as to increase the amount of milk.

8. External pressure:

As the baby grows up, relatives or friends around you will persuade you to wean, completely ignore these, and listen to your own and baby's wishes.

6. Delayed weaning

In most cases, the timing of weaning is determined by the intrinsic needs of mothers and children and family factors in reality. It is best to postpone weaning time when the following conditions occur:

1. Food allergy. If the mother or father has food allergy, it is recommended to postpone weaning, at least until the child is 1 year old. Because avoiding milk or dairy products can help prevent allergies in children.

2. Diseases. If a child has a cold, a long tooth, or is hospitalized for illness, weaning should be delayed until he feels better. If the mother is sick, delaying weaning time is more conducive to mother's emotional control.

3. Family change. If there are some major changes in the family, it is also recommended to postpone the weaning time, such as moving to a new home, etc., and then weaning can be carried out when you and your children don't feel too nervous.

Finally, we would like to say that sometimes weaning is just the mother's need, and the child is not willing to. At this time, the mother may be emotional, and even angry at the time of breast feeding. When the child feels this, he will have anxiety, which will lead him to need more breast-feeding. This will make the mother more irritable and irritable and form a vicious circle. At this time, the mother needs to find the reason to make her angry, and deal with it, rather than just lose her temper.

In addition, when weaning, the mother may feel sad and depressed because of losing this kind of intimate contact, but we need to know that there are many other ways to continue to maintain the intimate relationship with the child in the future.