5 Months – Weaning
You’re in the last leg of breastfeeding now. You define the finish line.
The second half of breastfeeding is filled with fun and frustrating breastfeeding milestones. This package includes everything you need to navigate breastfeeding from here on out.
In this program, you will learn to:
- Set realistic, short-term goals as you strive for your long-term breastfeeding goal.
- Integrate solid foods into your breastfeeding relationship.
- Manage annoying behaviors such as biting; pinching; distractibility; and short, frequent breastfeeding requests.
- Learn basic Sign Language so you can communicate with your baby!
- Stop pumping at 12 months; continue breastfeeding when together.
- Implement strategies to encourage more sleep for yourself and your baby.
- Refocus on taking care of yourself in mind, body, and spirit.
- Learn about the fun and frustration of nursing into the toddler years.
- Wean gracefully when you are ready.
Starting & Incorporating Solids…continue to breastfeed.
- Preparing to start solids at 4-5 months
- Complementing, no replacing breastmilk with solids
- Allergies & Dental Health
- Updated peanut information
- Create dinner traditions
Teaching Nursing Manners & Managing Annoying Behaviors
Once your baby starts to notice the world around him, nursing sessions can become distractible, silly, and sometimes annoying. Sometimes, babies even start engaging in painful habits such as biting! You can overcome this challenging stage with these strategies.
Simple Baby Sign Language
Learn six basic signs to help communicate with your baby!
Return to YOU self care guide
Pregnancy and the first half of breastfeeding are intense to say the least. It is very common for moms to lose themselves in the process. Marathon Moms take a direct and honest look at your self care, or lack there of. Learn new strategies to incorporate self care into your life, even when it feels like there is no time.
At Balanced Breastfeeding, we firmly believe that Mama Matters. You MUST take excellent care of yourself so that you can take care of everyone and everything else.
Nursing and Feeding a Toddler 12 months+
A walking, talking, opinionated toddler has different nutritional and behavioral demands than a little baby. Whether you choose to continue to nurture a strong breastfeeding relationship or work toward weaning, your toddler needs a complete and varied diet of complementary foods.
This section provides a detailed breakdown of what nutrients your busy toddler needs in addition to or in place of breastfeeding
- Explore “when is the right time to wean?”
- Navigate “when mom and baby disagree” about when to wean (what if mom wants to wean before baby or baby stops breastfeeding before mom is ready?)
- Learn strategies to gently wean you baby whenever you are ready
Access to our private Facebook group community
“Balanced Breastfeeding Mamas”
Join our safe, moderated, non judgmental community of Moms just like you. Together, we provide support, not advice to guide you along your mothering journey.
This is a very active community with years of posts. If you have a question for fellow moms, changes are it has been asked before and the answer is there! If it hasn’t been asked before, there are hundreds of supportive and kind mamas waiting to let you know what worked for them.
As a Marathon Mom, YOU have valuable experience to share with other mamas! What was your personal breastfeeding experience? What worked for you? What have you learned? Now, you have the opportunity to pay it forward while still receiving the support you need.
You’ve hit your first breastfeeding goal of six months. Now, what’s next?
9 months? A year? Two years?
The second half of breastfeeding is filled with new behaviors and new milestones you have not experienced before.
What happens when baby gets teeth?
How does breastfeeding change when solids are introduced?
Why is my baby so distractible?
What’s involved in nursing a toddler?
How will I know when it is the right time to wean?
What if I want to get pregnant again?
When can I stop pumping at work, but continue to nurse at home?
How do I decrease the frequency of breastfeeding?
How do I night wean?
You may find yourself holding tight to your long-term breastfeeding goal of a year or longer, but burning out on some of the frustrating and inconvenient parts of breastfeeding, like pumping while at work. You may dread weaning and feel anxious about how it all exactly works.
The 5 month+ breastfeeding program walks you through each stage of the second half of breastfeeding, answering questions and providing strategies that you can’t seem to find anywhere else.