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When to Stop Breastfeeding

Until what age should I breastfeed my baby

Exclusive breastfeed should be carried out until the baby is at least 4 months old. Between 4-6 months is the age when most doctors recommend that you start introducing other foods to the baby. But you should continue to feed your baby even after she has started on a solid diet.  It is not unusual for some mothers to breastfeed their babies well in to the second year. While this is a good thing, it may not be convenient or practical for most women. Nevertheless, babies should be breastfed at least until they are a year old. 
 

I find my child is least interested in breastfeeding

Many children are ready to give up breastfeeding around the 9th month to one year mark.  This is because their stomachs get filled with other more interesting things.  And as their curiosity increases, they attention span for breastfeeding decreases.  Many mothers complain that their babies keep crawling away, and they spend their whole time dragging them back. If this happens with you, do not worry.  Try for a few days if the child will take to breastfeeding again.  (It is important that you keep trying because your milk supply may reduce).  If not, be happy that you managed to breast feed your baby  for as long as you did, and provided him with a great start in life.
 

How does breastfeeding help in the second year

Breast milk is an important source of protein and energy. It strengthens the child's immunity. As your baby grows older, and she learns to explore her world by crawling and walking, she becomes more exposed to germs and illness. Sick babies tend to lose their appetite. Breast milk is ideal for sick babies because it is nutritious and easily digested. 
 

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