Child-led weaning

What is child-led weaning? Are you and your baby ready for this big step? Get professional advice from Infant Feeding Specialist Cynthia Epps, IBCLC, as she shares tips for breastfeeding mothers
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Child-led weaning

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Child-led weaning is usually related to the older toddler who may be still nursing at 2 or 3 or even 4 years of age. This occurs when the bulk of the child's nutrition comes from their 3 meals and 2 snacks a day with a milk taken at those times. Now that can be cow's milk, goat's milk, one of the many vegan milks. Any of those are available. But the child is eating adequately to sustain themselves without the breast. When this begins to happen, you'll see the child shorten the time and possibly be too busy playing to come to the breast. And for the older toddler is perfectly alright to let those feeds go and begin to follow your baby with the child-led weaning.

What is child-led weaning? Are you and your baby ready for this big step? Get professional advice from Infant Feeding Specialist Cynthia Epps, IBCLC, as she shares tips for breastfeeding mothers

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Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC

Infant Feeding Specialist

Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC holds a master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry and is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in home and internet consults for new mother/infant couples from birth through two years of age. She covers early breastfeeding questions such as learning to trust the breast, establishing a good milk supply, sore nipples, colic and reflux; as well as “back to work” protocols for the working mother and “transitioning to solids” at six months per the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization guidelines, plus food wars and gentle weaning guidelines for the older infant. In addition, she has written for LA Family Magazine and Mothering Magazine, and leads infant feeding workshops throughout the community. With the wisdom of motherhood still largely negated or ignored, she specializes in combining ancient matriarchal traditions with modern science to help the new mother transition into the time-honored role of nurturing her baby with body and breast. She continues to pursue the goal of redefining the human infant feeding norm as breastfeeding or breastmilk for all children.

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