For some new parents, this can be a challenging time, because they’re unsure of whether their baby is ready to stop breastfeeding or how to actually wean their baby.
Every parent and baby is different. There is no specific age when the weaning process should begin. Your baby’s temperament and needs, along with your life circumstances, are all factors that can affect when you stop breastfeeding. For example, you might be going back to work soon. This can make it challenging for some babies to get all their nourishment from breast milk.
Average age to stop breastfeeding
Pediatric nutritionists think that at around six months old, babies begin to need more nutrients, such as iron and zinc, than breast milk alone can provide. This is a good age to begin introducing other foods into your baby’s diet to ensure proper development. Introducing new foods can make it easier to wean your baby.
The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months and continuing up to two years or more.
When to stop breastfeeding is a personal choice to make based on whether you feel ready or not.