Breast-Feeding: Weaning a Toddler
You may choose to wait until your child is a toddler (ages 1 to 2 years) or older to wean him or her from the breast. You may feel that your toddler is not ready for weaning until later or that you both are not ready. You may want to initiate it or just let your child stop breast-feeding on his or her own (self-wean).
One way to let a toddler control his or her own weaning is through the "don't offer, don't refuse" method. This means that you never offer to breast-feed your child but do not refuse when your child asks or shows a desire to breast-feed.
This can be a slow process. But when the mother is committed to weaning and provides encouragement to her child, a toddler can wean himself or herself successfully and happily.
The following techniques may help you gradually wean your toddler:
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