Breast milk, a recommendation rather than a choice

As breast milk is the best food source for the specific needs of infants, The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends six months of exclusive breastfeeding. Furthermore, European regulations forbid advertising by infant milk producers about milk for newbonrs up to 6 months.

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Weaning with total peace of mind

Your lifestyle no longer allows you to breastfeed or you (or your baby) no longer want to… the time has come to wean your baby, in other words, to progressively stop breastfeeding. This is always a delicate stage which requires courage, perseverance and time.


The golden rule: take it slowly…


When you decide the time has come, you can lead your baby into a transition phase.


One way to gently begin is to eliminate one feed every two or three days and replace it with a bottle. And so on until baby is completely weaned... Begin by replacing the late afternoon feed (your baby will be more easily satiated with a bottle), then alternate between the breast and a bottle. Mixed feeding maintains the privileged link you cherish with your baby longer, and also allows you to naturally regulate your lactation and avoid engorgement problems.


If you can or wish to, express your milk and give it to baby in a bottle so that the transition is less “brutal”. Your baby will progressively become used to the nipple.


 


6 tips to help baby accept the bottle


It’s sometimes difficult to get baby to adopt the bottle when he prefers your breast. Be patient with him!


Here are a few ideas to help you in this phase which is important for both of you:


  1.      Don’t insist; start the experience over again a few hours or 1 day after your first attempt. Begin calmly and serenely.

  2.      Talk to baby in order to reassure him and to explain what’s going on to him.

  3.      Change the environment: for example, avoid giving him his bottle in the chair where you usually breastfeed him.

  4.      Create a little ritual: soft music, a song…

  5.      Let papa give baby his bottle, or another person, and leave the room to avoid tempting baby with your breast!

  6.      Try a different nipple, as the form or the texture may not please your baby. There are physiological nipples which replicate those of your nipples. Try them!

Above all, don’t worry! The privileged link established between you and you baby during breastfeeding will endure and evolve.


 


And don’t forget that weaning is a personal affair. The rhythm, desire, and evolution of each must be respected.


 


Sources:
Le guide nutrition de l’allaitement maternel, PNNS 2015
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Naître et grandir - Le sevrage de l'allaitement
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Mpedia.fr - Allaitement mixte

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