I still get “What to Expect When You Are Expecting” emails based on my twins’ estimated due date and this one pissed me off. I mean, seriously! It was so full of misinformation and bullshit that I hardly know where to start.
At some point, it will be time for your baby to wean. Here’s how to ease the transition for both of you.
Okay… that seems fair enough. My babies will eventually wean. All babies do at some point. You can get in Twitter fights over when the average “natural” weaning age is, but I digress.
And just a bit further down, this:
But if you’re starting to become uncomfortable about continued nursing, if your milk supply is waning (maybe your baby seems fussy and still hungry after a feeding or isn’t gaining as much weight?), or if pumping at work is posing a problem, it might be time to start gradually switching him over to formula.
Are you kidding me? First off, why would a mother be uncomfortable about nursing her seven-month old? Because he has teeth? Yeah, that’s a scary thing to face, but I promise that it is survivable. If it’s anything else, maybe we need to have a chat about it. There is NOTHING wrong with nursing your seven-month old. Don’t be uncomfortable with it, please. Please please please. And the supply thing. That makes me so mad I could spit. There are a ton of reasons why you might be concerned about supply and I swear I’m not saying that they aren’t legit, but this is what our bodies are designed to do. There are a ton of things that will increase supply, but eight out of 10 times* this isn’t even necessary. Your child can be teething or going through a developmental leap or just freaking grouchy. That happens. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t producing milk.
(*completely made up statistic. I totally made it up.)
Others show less interest and start to self-wean before their first birthday (it’s common between nine and 12 months). If he’s still an avid nurser and you’re less inclined, allow plenty of time for a gentle transition. Try dropping one feeding at a time, giving him some formula before a nursing session, or gradually reducing the time he spends nursing at each feeding.
First off, self-weaning before one is not common. NOT COMMON. It’s not suggested by the AAP or WHO. It’s not necessary. And the truth is that breast is best. I seriously can’t comprehend why you would stop feeding your child your perfectly awesome breastmilk and wean them to formula at seven months for no reason at all. If you can’t pump at work or you are done with exclusive pumping or any one of a number of reasons, I get it. BUT. That’s not what this article is about. This article is about how to wean your infant from perfectly good breastfeeding because he got grouchy and acted hungry one day.