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Clinical Review

Managing common breastfeeding problems in the community

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2954 (Published 12 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2954

Re: Managing common breastfeeding problems in the community

Weaning is misunderstood. Its purpose is not to remove milk from the infant's diet, but to weaken the maternal-infant bond, so that the infant can be introduced to other people and other food. The maternal bond is the most powerful and enduring relationship in our lives, and we never fully separate from our mothers. We just find maternal substitutes, like food, friends, teachers, spouses, and doctors.


Competing interests: No competing interests

16 May 2014
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA