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Mothers who had decided to continue breastfeeding more prolonged may find that children show disinterest in the chest and production goes down. If the child shows signs of weaning before the age of two, all is not lost. This, to some extent, is normal, just as some seem that with a year and a half have more need to teat than when they were babies, others feel so much appetite for complementary food and so eager to explore that the tit becomes a bit boring .
It may be a precocious phase or beginning of weaning. If we want to help the child not give up breastfeeding there are some tricks that we can put into practice. Of course you never have to try to force a child to suckle, which, in any case, is not possible, nor to get angry or angry with him if he rejects the breast.
What we can do is have patience, respect, and help maintain good production and attractive lactation to ensure that you have breast milk at least until two years, which is recommended by the World Health Organization.
Taking off from the chest
The phases of breast takeoff can be temporary, by an illness, by a new situation, even by the arrival of a pregnancy or a little brother. It can also influence that the child feels displaced if the daycare center has started or if the caregiver has changed or if the mother has started working. Either your teeth hurt, your baby's tripped or you've had a cold.
Breastfeeding strikes are very common and should not be confused with weaning. Therefore, while the situation is resolved, we can help the child overcome the difficulty.
Ideally, keep breastfeeding often, before meals and ensure that the child can access the breast at any time. It also helps a lot to keep breastfeeding at night and collect, as children who go on a strike or a breastfeeding crisis are often be more accessible and be calmer at night. This is also convenient if the mother works and wants to maintain the lactation, in this way the production will not decrease so much and the child will be able to obtain the milk that he needs at night.
Milk remains the staple food until two years
If it is a baby under one year, remember that the basis of your diet is still milk, and if you receive breast milk it is better to try to maintain lactation and production than to go to artificial milk before exhausting the strategies possible. However, if we can not solve the crisis we should consult a lactation consultant and a pediatrician with a good training in breastfeeding, to recommend, if necessary, artificial milk. As much as we want to maintain breastfeeding and overcome the crisis, the main thing is to keep the child fed and hydrated.
A good trick to increase production is extraction. It has several advantages. On the one hand, by increasing the amount of milk available and the flow to be more dynamic the child will have a good incentive to suckle: the milk comes out abundantly and is easy to obtain. In addition, in the case of having a rejection of the breast, we will ensure that production does not decrease and if we combine extraction with direct breastfeeding, we will even increase it.
In this way, once the crisis has passed, we will continue to have milk and, in the case of prolonging the problem, we will be able to give the milk supplement to the child without having to introduce the artificial milk since we will have ours.
The extracted milk can be given in a glass and, if the child already takes complementary foods, combine it with these in porridges or simply letting them dip bread or cookies in it. If what happens to our son is that he is now excited about the discovery of the food this way of offering it will please him for sure.
Some people put it in the freezer and make a rich milk mother's pole, which, with the heat or when teeth hurt, the little ones love it. Really, it is quite an experience for them to enjoy very fresh milk but with the same flavor as always mom.
Tricks to avoid weaning before two years
As I said, it is essential to offer the tit before the meal, not later as sometimes recommended. In reality there are children who do not care when we give it to them, they always want it and they want it in abundance. But if it is a child under two years with a bad stage and disinterest, it is better to give it when you are hungry, so that you can breastfeed well, because if we leave it for dessert it has already been filled and you are willing to do something else.
It is never a question of forcing, or of violating its evolution, but of allowing it to go through the different stages of breastfeeding and discoveries without losing the nutritional richness of breast milk, being possible to maintain it with simple guidelines such as these.
If we continue to see that you do not want to suckle enough and it is longer than a year, you can even count on supplementing with cow or goat milk. Milk, yogurt or not very fatty cheeses are a good way to add calcium and protein to your diet, and they tend to like it a lot. However, we must be prudent, it is not good to spend on the amounts or to be the full substitute of the mother's milk until at least two years.
I hope these ideas help you solve the breastfeeding crises of children over six months and that you can help maintain breastfeeding if you see signs of weaning before two years .
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