How do I wean my baby?
To wean a baby, first make sure the baby will still receive all the required nutrients. A baby being weaned needs to be given an appropriate type of milk, generally infant formula if the baby is less than a year old and cow’s milk if the baby is older. The milk needs to be safe, available, and affordable. There are different ways to wean a baby: Mothers can let the baby self-wean, they can gradually increase the number of non-breast milk feeds and decrease the number of breastfeeds, or they can suddenly stop breastfeeding and express just enough to keep their breasts comfortable. In each case, the breasts gradually stop making milk. The expressed milk can be fed to the baby along with other milk or stored in case the baby does not tolerate other milk. Weaning too quickly can cause problems, including mastitis and abscesses. Older children may be harder to wean but there are some tools that can make it more acceptable to them.