How Soon Can I Start Weaning My Baby?

Breastfeeding journey

If you plan to start weaning before your baby is one year old, you will have to supplement their diet with a baby formula to ensure that they ingest enough nutrients for healthy development.

Babies breastfeed for both nutritional and emotional reasons. It is an important bonding time for the infant and the mother. Start with cutting down a couple of minutes from each feeding, and then gradually replace one feeding session at a time, ideally every couple of days.

When weaning, it is also helpful to distract your baby during usual feeding times. Feed her other foods and try to snuggle with her in a different place than the usual nursing spot.

If you would like to learn more about breastfeeding, read our Guide to Breastfeeding.

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