Every child self-weans when they are ready. On average children wean themselves when they are toddlers. It is very unlikely that a baby under 12 months is self-weaning. If your baby is under 12 months and is refusing the breast (link to Breast Refusal page), there might be other reasons. When your baby reaches around six months, you will introduce solid foods. By the time they are a toddler, their diet will be mainly solid foods. They will gradually need less breastmilk. There is no need to wean your child until you are ready. When you are ready, the slower the process the more gentle it will be for you and your child. Weaning suddenly is stressful for your child. It can also cause clogged milk ducts, leading to mastitis (breast infection). To start, cut out one feeding per day for 1-2 weeks. Start with a time of day when your child is less interested in breastfeeding. After a few weeks, cut out another feeding. Repeat until you are comfortable cutting out the last feeding. If your child fusses, you can offer milk or water in a cup at these times. To distract your child, you can also read a book, sing songs, or go outside to play. If you start the weaning process and have a change of heart, follow your heart. There's no need to wean until you and your child are ready.
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