For the first 6 months, breast milk is all your baby needs to meet his or her nutrition needs. If you wean your baby before 12 months of age, be sure to give an iron-fortified formula. Breastfeeding should continue until your baby is 12 months old (and after as long as baby and mom would like to continue).
What is the best age to start weaning a baby?
Keep your baby on just milk, whether it's breastmilk or formula, until the end of his fourth month (17 weeks). This is the earliest recommended age for weaning (BDA 2013, BNF 2013). If you do decide to start your baby on solids between four and six months, it's safest not to give him foods he could react to .
How can I stop my baby from breastfeeding at night?
Practical tips for night-weaning your baby
- Start the weaning process slowly and gradually.
- Make sure your baby gets plenty to eat throughout the day.
- Offer extra feedings in the evening.
- Avoid night-weaning during times of transition.
- Have your partner comfort your baby when she cries at night.