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Weaning is when you stop breastfeeding your baby or toddler and start introducing solids (and possibly formula). It is a natural process that all developing children go through, but it may sometimes be a difficult time for mother and baby.

The weaning process is different for everyone. While breast milk is better for most, there are mothers who cannot breast feed for various reasons. If your baby is already purely bottle fed, you can still follow most of these tips for weaning from milk formula feeds to solids.

The timing of weaning depends on the child and the circumstances of the mother. Weaning may occur at any time from 6 months to 7 years, with most babies weaned by the age of 3. Weaning is a process, not an event, and it may be either abrupt or gradual.

Sometimes weaning is led by the needs of the mother, sometimes it is led by the needs of the child, and sometimes it may be a mutual process.

Find more information about weaning at Pregnancy, Birth, and Baby website. 

Last reviewed: April 2017

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