Most mothers choose to start this stage called “weaning” between four and seven months old baby, to resume their activities, whether at work or those that take place outside their home. Reiterate on this occasion that in any way should stop giving breast milk or formula at least until the child is a year old, you can start feeding with cow’s milk.
This transition from breast to bottle it is not easy, generally breastfed babies refuse the bottle the first few times, especially if the mother, who tries to pass it, because at that point in his little life, associated with his mother’s chest therefore feel confused and even angry at the sudden and unexpected change the routine.
This must evaluate to at least the first few times is a relative (parent or sibling) who take care of the bottle while the mother is not present.
When the child becomes accustomed little by little, the mother can easily re-feeding, but you must hug, hold and touch him, so that the baby gets used to the loss of contact with your breast. Anyway, time to perform the “weaning” varies greatly, depending on the emotional and physical needs of both.
If the baby adapts quickly to changes and you are ready for the transition, you may get to wean her son in two weeks. You should be aware that once your child stops breast milk production will decrease rapidly. However you may need to express milk during the two or three days after weaning, to relieve discomfort caused by congestion in the sinuses.
Many women prefer to wean their babies gradually, even when they cooperate fully. Breastfeeding provides closeness between mother and child that is difficult to achieve otherwise, and understandably many cost us give up this kind of intimacy. You can continue breastfeeding until maybe more interspersed with a bottle, but when the child no longer wants to breastfeed more, do not force it.
Usually babies lose interest in the breast between nine to twelve months, when they learn to drink the cup, and this is one of the greatest achievements in the growth of our son should not be interpreted as a rejection, but as an achievement of independence and autonomy.