Breastfeeding is an amazing time for both mama and baby. From the countless nutritional benefits to the time spent bonding, it's an irreplaceable time in both you and your baby's lives. (But you already knew that.) At some point though, all good things must come to an end, and you might be tossing around the idea that your baby might be slowly weaning from breastfeeding. Whether your ready to be done or are a bit sad that your breastfeeding relationship is coming to a close, there are a few ways your baby may be trying to tell you they're ready to wean — and you should listen.
Weaning, like every aspect of parenthood, won't look the same for every family. Each baby will start to wean at different ages and for longer (or shorter) amounts of time. Whatever the case may be, as long as you've nursed for the recommended amount of time (at least six months, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics), weaning probably isn't too far off.
And believe it or not, the process doesn't have to be painful, contrary to popular belief. If you don't wean abruptly, giving both your body and your baby time to adjust to new schedules and new foods, the process should be smooth and trauma free.