When to Wean

Many new moms spend a lot of time worrying about whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed their children. Deciding when it's time to wean your baby can also produce plenty of hand wringing.

According to an online poll conducted by Parent Soup (http://www.parentsoup.com), one of the largest parenting websites in the U.S., most mothers don't think there's an ideal age to begin weaning from the bottle or breast. Almost half of the 516 people who we asked, "What age is best to wean a child?" said individual temperament, not chronological age, should be the determining factor. More than 40 percent of parents quizzed stated children should be weaned at one year, while 14 percent said age two or older.

Here's what mothers who visit Parent Soup shared on the subject of weaning and age:

  • "Personally, I don't believe in nursing a potty trained child."
      --sewchris703 (AOL Member)
  • "I figure there are two people involved in a nursing relationship. Whenever one is ready to call it quits, it's the right time (to wean)."
      --cat3359 (AOL)
  • "Not only is every parent different, but (so is) every child. All three of my children were completely different and the choices I made about breastfeeding, bottle-feeding and weaning were decided with each of their personalities in mind. I loved breastfeeding, but realized it doesn't always go as planned. Let's stop beating ourselves up over this and feel good about (the) choices we make and the parents we are! "
      --sy (Web Member)
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