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Timing Weaning

In the almost 20 years I have been helping nursing mothers, I have noticed a trend that moms tend to shy away from asking the needed questions about weaning.  Perhaps they are afraid of judgment, but the truth is a good Lactation Consultant is there to help you meet your goals, not hers.  There are many considerations for mothers when deciding to wean your baby such as mom's work schedule and baby's health issues such as allergies.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least one year.  If you choose to wean before one year, first make sure your baby tolerates other foods well.  Next absolutely, positively, do not wean cold turkey.       It is up to each mom when she chooses to wean, but we want moms to make informed decisions about weaning.  Most moms don't realize that partial weaning may be possible.  When moms return to work weaning may be a consideration.  Alternatives such as pumping at work or partial weaning are possible i…