Should I wean my baby?
Deciding whether to wean a baby may be easy or difficult. Some mothers wean because of a workplace that doesn’t allow them to breastfeed or express. Others wean for medical reasons or because they simply feel it is time. They may dislike breastfeeding, have trouble with it, or have unsupportive partners or families. They should ask themselves whether breastfeeding is significantly affecting their well-being and their relationship with their family. They should balance these issues against the benefits of breastfeeding for themselves and their baby and consider the cost of infant formula. Mothers should be certain of their decision; if they wean, it may be difficult to re-establish the milk supply. They should ensure they are supported and often benefit from discussing weaning with qualified health-care providers.