Babies who don't want to wean
If you haven't weaned your baby off breastfeeding by the age of one, many mums agree that it may become more challenging as time goes on, as toddlers start to use the breast for comfort, asking for the breast in situations when mum might not want to feed. Try these tips to help a toddler wean:
- Introduce lots of activities and outings into your daily routine so that your toddler is too busy and distracted to think about breastfeeding.
- Replace breastfeeds with novel snacks, or provide drinks with a straw. An exotic drink at a cafe when you'd normally be at home having a breastfeed is likely to be greeted with enthusiasm.
- Where possible, leave your toddler with someone they're comfortable with at those times when they'd normally have a breastfeed - they'll be less likely to miss it if you're not around.
- Try to organise for dad or someone else to settle your toddler with a cup of milk or water if they wake for a breastfeed during the night.
Babies who refuse solids
Although it's likely that your baby will be ready to try solids at around six months, all babies are different. Some want to start a bit later, which is fine, as long as there isn't too much of a delay. If your baby is nearing seven months of age and hasn't started solids yet, seek advice from your doctor.