When weaning do you still give milk?

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When to Stop Breastfeeding

If you breastfeed, experts advise giving your baby nothing but breast milk for the first six months, and ideally continuing to breastfeed throughout the weaning process – as you gradually introduce solid foods into your little one's diet – as well.

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Again, it’s also normal if months or years after weaning you can express a little milk by hand. However, if you spontaneously start leaking at any point after the first month or so after weaning, or if your breasts feel hard, very full, or tender, you may want to consult your doctor, especially if the milk is plentiful.

Your baby still needs milk now they're weaning. As you wean your baby, they will become less dependent on milk and more reliant on food instead. Milk remains the main source of nutrition and energy for your baby during the start of the weaning process, and should be reduced gradually.

It depends on what stage of weaning you’ve reached. When you first give your baby solid foods at about six months, it's best to give him food after a milk feed, or in the middle of one. As your baby gets used to eating food, you can give it to him before milk, or only offer milk between mealtimes.

When will milk feeds drop off substantially? By the time your baby is eating three meals a day, milk feeds should really reduce. When you first start weaning at around six months - your baby will still need regular breastfeeds, or a minimum of 500-600ml of formula a day. But over time they’ll need less and less as they learn to eat properly.

I have been told by MW that because formula is still the main source of nutrition until about 1 year that the milk should be given first followed about an hour later by solids. They should still be drinking at least 1 pint (about 20oz) of formula every 24 hours (including what you use in cereal etc).

If you wean your child from breast-feeding before age 1, use expressed breast milk or iron-fortified formula. Don't give your child cow's milk until after his or her first birthday. You can wean your child to a bottle and then a cup or directly to a cup.

If you do decide to move to full-fat milk, it contains important nutrients like calcium, vitamin A and B vitamins and provides energy for an active toddler. (When your toddler reaches two, you can change to semi-skimmed but this isn’t necessary and they will get more vitamin A for their immune system if you keep them on full fat milk).

Whenever you decide to start weaning your child off breast milk, it’s best to do it gradually. Stopping breastfeeding suddenly could put you at risk of engorgement, blocked ducts or mastitis, as well as being an abrupt change for your baby’s digestive and immune systems to cope with. It may also be difficult for you both emotionally.

Planned weaning. If you need to wean quickly, here are some suggestions that will make weaning more comfortable for you and less upsetting for you and your child. Your milk supply will gradually decrease as milk is removed less often. Depending on your child's age and how much she needs to suck, you can wean on to a cup or a bottle.

If your doctor has advised that you can wean baby before 6 months, then you can offer them smooth pureed food from a spoon. This might be just one or two spoonfuls at first. Your baby will still get most of their nutritional needs from their usual milk feeds.

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