Weaning the Baby

My baby is approaching one year now and I want to wean her off the breast and on to formula milk. What is the best way to do this?

For ideal nutrition WHO recommends that a baby must be exclusively fed breast milk for the first 6 months, but you can continue for up to 2 years if you wish, even after the baby is introduced to solid foods. If you wish to wean your baby off breast milk, you can start trying the following steps. First, substitute breast milk with bottle milk once a day and gradually increase the number. Also start offering solid food instead of breast milk at meal times. Make sure your partner also helps during the feeding time as it is best you aren’t always there to feed her. You can also try different bottles/teats and decide on one your baby prefers. Since your child is turning 1 year old you can offer sipping from cups. Don’t expect an immediate result, as the change away from breast feeding will be a slow process.

Dr. Ramanathan, Medical Director and Consultant in Paediatrics & Neonatology

Dr. Venkiteswaran Ramanathan 

Medical Director and Consultant in Paediatrics & Neonatology 

Aster Hospital Mankhool