When To Wean | Introduction
OK so you’ve just read all about weaning, now you want to know when to wean your bub! At the end of the day, when to wean your baby is a decision for you. Strong advocates for breastfeeding say a minimum of 6 months exclusive breast milk, others say solids at between 4 and 6 months is good, and that the earlier the better.
In conjunction with the World Health Organisation, The National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia suggest a minimum of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding. Despite this, mums know, and I think these organisations in general need to publicly appreciate, that this is not always practical or possible.
Some mums need to wean at 2 months onto bottles with formula due to work or other commitments and their babies turned out perfect! Try not to listen too much to extreme positions on when to wean your baby, and just do what feels right for you and your baby – listen to your intuition.
When To Wean Onto Solids
With the above in mind, and with the risk of repeating myself, knowing when to wean your baby onto solids is therefore a decision for both of you, so long as the general rule of between 4-6 months is abided by. Your baby may start the process at 4 months by showing signs he is ready for solids, and you can go from there (baby-led weaning).
At whatever stage you feel necessary to wean your baby, keep breast or formula milk up until 12 months with the solids if possible. Also try this page if you’re a fan of baby led weaning: http://www.babyledweaning.com/some-tips-to-get-you-started/
When To Wean Onto A Bottle
When to wean your baby onto a bottle is also (I know I’ve said it a million times but it’s true and you shouldn’t feel bad about it!) a decision entirely up to you. If you need to go back to work when your bub is 4 months, then wean your baby onto the bottle then and mixed feed if you like.
If you decide at 2 months you’ve had enough breastfeeding and that the right time to wean your baby is now, then introduce them to a bottle at that time. What you put into the bottle at that point is also up to you, but breast milk is always preferred if possible!
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