Babies Self weaning before the age of 1
Your baby is refusing your milk and losing interest in breastfeeding but he’s only 8 months old. Is this a sign that he is self weaning? The answer is no. It is not likely that a baby under 1 years old will try to wean themselves off the breast. It is common that your baby may be on a nursing strike, but that will typically only a last a couple days.
If a nursing strike is what you’re experiencing to prevent your milk supply from dramatically decreasing, be sure that you are emptying your breast often. Continue to offer your breast to your baby as you normally would, in the meantime pump around the clock (every 2-3 hours) to maintain your milk supply. You can offer your baby your expressed milk in a bottle or sippy cup based on their age. Remember, that although children 6 months and older may be beginning to eat baby food, their primary source of nutrition should come from breastmilk (assuming you are breastfeeding, if you’re supplementing with formula then that is included in this statement).
What exactly is self weaning in a child over 1?
Self weaning is the process of your baby transitioning to relying on their calories from a source other than you. Typically moms introduce their children to whole milk or some other alternative after the age of 1. It should be noted that some mothers may choose to breastfeed into toddlerhood and that is perfectly fine with Moms Make Milk.
“…exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.”-The World Health Organization
How long does it take to wean?
The weaning period can last anywhere from a few days to a few months.