Breast Feeding and Weaning
“Child-led weaning” happens mostly in fairy tales. Babies rarely lose interest in nursing on their own. When you have decided to wean Lucy, nurse her morning and night for a few days, then cut the schedule to once a day, and within a week stop altogether. Stick to this regimen. If you give in to Lucy’s first cranky spell and nurse her one extra time during the weaning week, she’ll discover how much fussing it takes to get what she wants and will become more insistent the next day. Once you start weaning, your milk production will rapidly wane. If your breasts become painful, just express the excess and take occasional pain medication. If you wean before eight months, you’ll have to use bottles of formula as a supplement. After that, you can go directly to an adult milk: cow, soy, rice, or goat, depending on your preference [See: Milk, Cow’s].