How to stop breastfeeding

Young Parents Team

How do you wean your baby off breastfeeding? We ask Dr Natalie Epton, specialist paediatrician and neonatologist at International Paediatric Clinic.

Firstly, ask yourself why you want to stop nursing. If you’re coming to this decision as a result of pressure from relatives or colleagues, then I’d advise you to consider what is best for you and your baby.

Health authorities around the world recommend breastfeeding for two years as the gold standard for early childhood feeding.

If you do decide to wean from the breast, I’d suggest you gradually replace the mid-morning feed with a bottle of milk, followed by the mid-afternoon one.

Once your child is older than 12 months and is eating a variety of food, there’s no need for formula. He can…

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