Tips for gentle weaning

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Tips for gentle weaning

As a La Leche leader, my number one tip to offer parents when weaning a baby is to listen to yourself, and to listen to your child. When you end that relationship, it's sad in a lot of ways for the mother and the child. I think the most important thing is to make sure you are on the same page. A mom may be ready to let go, and a baby isn't or the baby might be ready to go and the mom isn't. When you have a good relationship, and you are listening to each other, and a mom is able to support the child during a difficult transition. I think that's the most helpful thing than trying to put it on a schedule or something. I think the relationship needs to drive it more than anything else.

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Suchada Eickemeyer is a writer who blogs about natural parenting at She has two toddler boys who are exuberant and hilarious. Her favorite thing to do with them is cuddle in bed on Saturday mornings. When she gets free time she runs, spends time with friends, and cuts loose.

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