Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weaning story (again)

Sorry for the long silence. Have been caught up with raya and work as well as unsuccessful weaning process.

Sawda is already 2 years and 2 months. I really want to wean her not because i hate her being dependent to my boobs. But i want her to be able to explore the world more.

Weaning Hamzah was bittersweet, but it wasn't as hard as weaning Sawda since i know, if i succeed, i will no longer be breastfeeding anymore (unless i got pregnant).

I tried putting coffee, but i forgot that Sawda loves coffee.

I put chilli sauce, bbq sauce, and make other alternatives but to no avail.

It will take time. She will eventually wean, so what i need to do is to be patience.

Stopping breastfeeding abruptly or by force might brings emotional effect to the child especially toddlers because most toddlers take nursing as source of comfort.

I am now reducing the breastfeeding session. Sawda doesn't nurse as long as she used too.

I hope by the end of year, she'll totally wean. That's another 3 months to go, and i believe it is a realistic goal.


If you want to know more about weaning, this is an interesting article.

Weaning: How does it happen?

By Kelly Bonyata, IBCLC, Becky Flora, IBCLC and Paula Yount

Child-led Weaning
Child-led weaning occurs when a child no longer has a need to nurse - nutritionally or emotionally. A baby who self-weans is usually well over a year old, is getting most of his nutrition from solids, is drinking well from a cup, and cuts down on nursing gradually. If children are truly allowed to self-wean in their own time, most will do so somewhere between the 2nd and 4th year. Obviously, some will wean before this time and some will wean after this time, too.

 Mother-led Weaning
If you feel that you need to encourage weaning before your baby is truly ready, it is possible to gently and lovingly "help" your child along the way, while at the same time remaining as flexible and as respectful to his needs as possible. Some children, even though they're not truly ready, can be gently weaned without too much of a protest. It's important to always conduct mother-led weaning in a way that is gentle, gradual, flexible, patient, and as respectful to your child's needs as possible. Be aware of any signs that the weaning process is going too quickly for your child and be ready to slow things down some if necessary.

If you want to take an active approach to weaning before baby show signs on his own, you might consider waiting until at least the age of 18 months. At this age most children can be told "no" and asked to wait on nursing more easily than a younger child can.

Sudden Weaning
Stopping breastfeeding abruptly, or "cold turkey," can be very distressing for both mother and baby and can cause plugged ducts, breast infection, or even a breast abscess. Hormone levels are also more likely to take a drastic plunge, causing mood swings, depression, etc. It's very rare that sudden weaning is truly necessary. If someone suggests to you that this is required, get a second opinion. It would also be helpful to talk to a lactation consultant and/or a La Leche League Leader, who will be able to suggest alternatives and, if necessary, help you to wean with as little distress to mom and baby as possible.

Gradual Weaning
Gradual weaning allows you to gradually substitute other kinds of nutrition, affection and attention to compensate for the loss of nursing. Gradual weaning also allows the immunity levels in your breast milk to increase (as overall milk supply decreases) and thus give your child a last bit of extra protection against infection. Weaning should occur as slowly as your situation permits to make it easier on both you and your child.
How long weaning takes depends upon too many variables to predict. Be as patient and as flexible as you possibly can. Weaning will happen, but you may feel at times that you're taking one step forward and two steps back. When you're actively weaning, be sure to offer lots of cuddling and extra affection during the day. As your child grows older, nursing becomes much more than a way to satisfy hunger and thirst. It provides him with much comfort, security and closeness, so be as sensitive to his needs as you possibly can be throughout the process.

source: http://www.kellymom.com/

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