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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