What is weaning?
Weaning is the withdrawal of breast milk from a baby. It means no more breastfeeding and no more expressing to provide milk for the baby. Weaning can be the choice of the mother or the baby. Rarely, weaning must happen for medical reasons. Before a mother weans, she must ensure that the baby is ready and able to wean and willing and able to tolerate another appropriate type of milk. There are some situations in which a mother should not wean her baby because of risks to herself. The amount of time it takes for the breasts to stop making milk, or dry up, depends on how much milk they are making. Drying-up must be done safely.