How to properly wean a child from breastfeeding

Updated: Mar 8

When it comes to breastfeeding, as moms we all want to do our best to supply our child with the nutrients that they need from breastfeeding. However at different stages in the process sometimes it is time to wean a child from the breast.


For some moms, it can be a sudden process, while for others it can be after two years of non-stop breastfeeding. I have breastfed my eldest child for a year and my youngest for two years (yes two years!).


The weaning process was however different for both kids. It was a quicker no-fuss process with my first child, as I became pregnant with my second child and had to quickly wean him off. However, the second child was a bit more challenging as he spent a longer time on my breast.


So here are my tips for getting through this phase with as much less hassle as possible based on my experience.


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How to properly wean a child from breastfeeding
HOW TO PROPERLY WEAN A CHILD FROM BREASTFEEDING

“Weaning a child from breastfeeding may seem challenging at first, but it doesn’t have to be with these steps.”

1. PLAN A TIME OF SEPARATION

Plan a time of separation for at least a minimum of 2 to 3 days preferable a weekend from maybe Friday night to Sunday for example. If possible plan for a longer time depending on your child’s readiness for weaning.


You can either initiate separation in your own house, go on a mini-vacation, or send your child to a relative or friend's house. Whatever you are comfortable with can help the process. For my first, it was done in hiding at home, while for my second it was a mini-vacation away, while he was at grandma's house. You can decide based on your schedule and availability..


2. HAVE A MANUAL OR ELECTRIC BREAST PUMP AVAILABLE

Make sure to have a manual or electric breast pump available. DO NOT do this without having one readily available. This is because your body is still producing milk as if your child is still breastfeeding.


If your child is however not readily removing the milk from your breast, you can get a build-up of breast milk in your breast tissues. This may cause a lot of breast pain or discomfort that can further lead to mastitis later on if not done properly.


Therefore you want to make sure that you lightly pump your breast to remove some of the milk. You do not however want to completely empty your breast of milk as you are telling your body to make more milk when you do so.


Pump just enough breast milk out to loosen your breast for added comfortability while your child is away. I have listed below my favorite pumps that I have used on my journey while breastfeeding both my kids.