When a child is learning new skills. Learning new
skills, such as crawling or walking, can be stressful for your child, and the
breast or bottle may provide comfort and security.
When there is stress in the home. A new tooth, an
illness, a new day care center, or the caregiver starting back to work can all
be stressful. Weaning at this time, or during any difficult time, results in
more stress and more difficulty weaning.
During unusually warm weather. During weaning,
babies sometimes refuse any liquid other than breast milk or formula for 24 to 48 hours.
So weaning your baby when it's very hot outdoors can put your baby at risk for
Weaning a toddler
Gradual or abrupt weaning may
work for 1- to 2-year-olds.
A toddler who breast- or bottle-feeds 3 or
more times a day may do better with gradual weaning.
A toddler who
breast- or bottle-feeds 2 times a day or less may do well with abrupt
You may find the following suggestions helpful as you
switch to other types of feeding:
Abrupt weaning for toddlers may help you wean a child
who nurses 2 times a day or less.
As your baby learns to feed himself or herself, keep in
mind that your job is to provide a variety of nutritious foods but your baby
will decide how much to eat. This is sometimes called the
division of responsibility.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 09, 2013
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