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All about weaning!

'A big change for Seb' is all about the end of your breastfeeding journey to hopefully act as a prompt for your toddler or older child to stop feeding. It can be a very emotional time for both you and them, so the book embraces that and tries to show how Seb is feeling when his Mummy tells him they will be stopping breastfeeding and explains the process to him.

Some people hate the word 'boobies', some people have special names for milk and nursing but the book tries to be as neutral as possible so that you have something that will work for you. 'Mummy's milk' and 'milk' is referred to but there is also a focus on getting bigger and more independent as Seb is eventually able to go down the big slide in the playground and feel a sense of achievement that is then linked to stopping feeding.

You may have already tried some of the gentle weaning tips included in the book but by seeing them in a picture book form, your child will be able to engage with the process more fully, and crucially, this will give you a prompt from which to begin or continue your own weaning journey. We all know that children like to copy each other, and by seeing Seb go through the process of weaning from breastfeeding, they may be more inclined to want to do it themselves!

Obviously every child is different and what works for one may not work at all for another. You may find that you need to end breastfeeding unexpectedly suddenly, but if you are able to, slow and steady is not only more gentle for your child, but also allows your own body and mind to adapt to the physical and emotional changes. Some of the techniques used in the book may need to be used for a period of time before you see any results and sometimes a catalyst such as a change in routine, an illness, a holiday may be the thing you need to kick start the process or finally end it.

It's hard when you're dealing with all the emotions of weaning! Using the character's journey as a prompt, you can talk to your own child about how they might feel about it.

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