What is self-weaning?
Self-weaning is allowing a child, usually a toddler or older child, to decide when and how to stop breastfeeding. It is relatively rare in babies less than a year old and usually happens at between two and four years old. Self-weaning is often the easiest and safest way to wean. It is gentle and happens gradually as the number of feeds per day slowly decreases. It prevents painful breast problems and may be easier for the child than other forms of weaning.