Introduction of solid foods
At around 6 months of age, your baby will need more than breast milk for their nutrition, physical and brain growth. It is recommended to introduce other foods to your baby while continuing to breastfeed.
- From Milk to More – ACT Health has information and recipes about introducing solids.
What is weaning?
The word ‘weaning’ can be confusing. It is used to describe the introduction of foods or fluids other than breast milk. A child that is fully weaned means they no longer receive any breast milk. A health professional can provide advice and support if:
- You or your baby wish to stop breastfeeding.
- You wean earlier than you wanted because of breastfeeding challenges.
How to wean
Weaning gradually is recommended. As you reduce the number of breastfeeds, expect your milk supply to reduce.
Gradual weaning protects your baby as they adjust to new foods and reduces the risk of you getting blocked ducts and mastitis.
Weaning and you
You may need to adjust your diet when you are no longer breastfeeding. Your appetite will naturally decrease but if you find you are having trouble adjusting to your pre pregnancy eating patterns, speak to a dietitian or other health professional.
- Weaning – Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)
- The NHMRC Infant Feeding Guidelines Summary has the recommendations about weaning and the introduction of solids.
Emotional adjustment when weaning
Sometimes your baby will decide for themselves that they have had enough which may leave you feeling sad. If you are having trouble adjusting to this change in your life, speak to a Maternal and Child Health Nurse, your GP or the Mum to Mum Helpline – 1800 686 268 – ABA.