When it comes to weaning, it is not an easy task for mothers, and it is also a bitter experience that most breastfeeding babies have to face. In the constant crying of the baby, some mothers have repeatedly frustrated, choosing to continue feeding is obviously hopeless for weaning, and violently weaning and worrying about the baby's illness, there is no doubt that they are in a dilemma.
There are also many mothers around the editor who asked how to wean their babies. They either do a sudden separation or apply chili water and magic oil. It seems that the baby is weaned quickly, but it actually brings great harm to the baby's body and mind.
How can we wean the baby in a scientific and orderly manner? Ensure that both mother and baby can accept the weaning arrangement naturally? Let’s talk about it in detail today.
1. Scientific weaning starts from gradually reducing the number of feedings
To achieve a scientific and orderly weaning plan, we must first gradually reduce the number of feedings. While reducing the number of feedings, the mother should increase the amount of supplementary food for the baby to meet the baby's needs. After the baby's digestion and absorption is stable and everything is normal, make a new round of reduction arrangements for the baby, so that the baby will gradually adapt in a gradual process. This is also more beneficial to the mother's physical and mental health, because the amount of breast milk secreted is related to the baby's sucking frequency, and the reduction of the baby's milking frequency is the best way to reduce the breast milk naturally.
Start by reducing the number of feedings during the day
In this process, it is recommended that mothers start by reducing the number of feedings during the day. It is necessary to appropriately extend each breastfeeding time and reduce the frequency of breastfeeding during the day. For example, the baby originally had to take breast milk 6 times a day, but it can be gradually reduced to 5 times, 4 times, 3 times during the day... until he is allowed to leave breast milk during the day. Moreover, there are many things that can attract the baby during the day. On the basis of adding complementary food, play more with the baby to distract the baby from breastfeeding.
Finally, the night milk is gradually weaned
The night is the most difficult time, the baby's attachment to breast milk is the strongest at night. This can be done by weaning the baby's milk in the middle of the night. Many babies can’t sleep until they are one year old. Because they still have to eat a little in the middle of the night, they will gradually stop this meal. When the baby turns over and over, comfort him and hug him. . At this moment, if the father or other family members take on the task of coaxing sleep, it will be easier to relieve the baby's attachment to mother and breast milk.
2. After deciding to wean, we must be decisive and not procrastinate
Now that you have decided to wean your baby and start implementing the weaning plan, you must be decisive and not delay. Because weaning is definitely not what the baby wants, crying must be inevitable for a while. Instead of repeating the weaning plan again and again, which brings the baby's emotional stimulation again and again, it would be more sensible to complete it once and for all if you are determined.
Don't let up and give up
This is also a test for mother. Therefore, if you have not made up your mind to wean your baby, it is recommended that mothers not blindly implement a weaning plan, otherwise they will only cause anxiety over weaning. Don't "eat once" just because you are softhearted. The first time there will be a second time.
Must comfort the baby more
Of course, with a decisive attitude, the mother must comfort the baby a lot, instead of hiding or leaving home for a few days. This will make the baby feel "lost" breast milk and also "lost" the mother. During the weaning process, the baby has a strong attachment to breast milk and always wants to touch or suck breast milk. This is normal. What should I do? There is only more diversion. Mom and baby interact with games and take the baby out to play. After the baby has eaten the complementary food, encourage him and tell the baby with practical actions: Even if he does not take breast milk, the mother still loves him very much.
3. Dad’s participation is more conducive to the easy realization of the weaning plan
When it comes to weaning, many people think that this is the relationship between mother and baby. In fact, in order to complete the weaning more easily and smoothly, the role of the father cannot be ignored.
Before the planned weaning, the mother can appropriately delegate the work of taking care of the baby to the father, such as playing and sleeping with him. This can give the mother and the baby a process of adaptation, and also reduces the baby's over-reliance on the mother.
4. It is not advisable to wean blindly under these circumstances
Although the weaning process should be decisive and resolute, if special circumstances arise, corresponding adjustments should also be made.
For example, the baby has a sudden illness during weaning, or has rejection of milk substitutes; it is not advisable to wean at the turn of the seasons. At this time, the baby is prone to gastrointestinal problems, and it is also easy to cause colds and other diseases. Generally speaking, spring and autumn are the best seasons for weaning, and mothers may wish to implement a weaning plan at this time.