How long should you nurse
your baby? Well, La Leche League International believes that ideally,
the nursing relationship should continue until the baby outgrows
the need. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health
Organization recommend that babies be breastfed exclusively for
at least the first six months of life, and that the nursing relationship
continue (with the addition of solid food) for as long as mother
and baby desire it. No upward limit has been set by either organization.
In fact, it may be more useful to think of breastfeeding in terms
of years, rather than months or weeks.
Weaning is a gradual process
that begins with the introduction of the first bit of solid food.
Most babies will continue to have breastmilk as their main source
of nutrition, with small additions of solid food, for at least the
first year. Once your baby has molars, better hand-eye coordination,
and has more interest in solid food, he or she will gradually increase
the amount of solid food intake, and reduce the amount of breastmilk
So, when should you wean?
Babies, left to wean on their own timetable, will wean (on average)
sometime between 2 and 7 years of age. Here are some articles that
may help you to see weaning from a different perspective.
Natural Age Of Weaning by Dr.
Nursing Fact Sheet