When to start weaning is decided on by you and your baby. There is no one right time to wean. Some children want to be breastfed for longer than the mother wants to. Personal needs should also be taken into account.
Babies need so-called ‘weaning food’ from four months at the earliest and at the beginning of the 7th month at the latest for growth. Breastfeeding should be substituted by baby food step-by-step. This is the most natural way to wean.
You can carry on breastfeeding the remaining milk feeds – as long as you and your baby are comfortable with it. If you wish to wean (or have to), slowly swap (one feeding at a time) breastfeeding with infant milk formula.
If your baby refuses the substitute milk or teat, try starting with pumped milk, or dip the teat in breast milk.