Whether you want to wean tomorrow or you’re planning on doing it gradually, it’s a daunting task. How do you wean in a way that honors your breastfeeding relationship with your child, allows the experience to end as kindly as possible, and best meets the needs of you and your child?
I recently facilitated a meeting on weaning for our S. Austin Chapter of Attachment Parenting International and researched different types of weaning, strategies to wean, and read people’s anecdotes about their experiences weaning, including all the things they wish they’d done differently. I gathered them here for you so that if you’re trying to figure out when and how to when, you’ll have the information you need.
General Weaning Information
FAQ on Nursing Strikes” Is it a nursing strike or child-led weaning?
Kellymom.com Search “Weaning”
La Leche League International Search “Weaning.”
Natural Age of Weaning by Katherine Dettwyler
“Weaning and Mothers’ Feelings” Examines reasons mom may want to wean and offers counter-arguments and alternatives.
All the books I read to research weaning are on my Amazon listmania weaning list.
Baby Led Weaning A method for introducing solids to babies, called weaning because once anything besides breastmilk is introduced, child has begun weaning. This source explains what baby-led weaning is and how it works.
“31 Ways to Get Your Child to Go To Sleep and Stay Asleep Easier” by Dr. William Sears
Dr Jay Gordon’s Sleep Method Offers a concrete plan for rapid nighttime weaning.
“Getting Your Baby to Sleep” Explanation of why sleep associations are important and list of possible alternatives to nursing as the primary sleep association.