Q: “I have an eight-month-old and have heard that you can start putting them on full fat milk from the age of nine months. Is this true? And what is the best way to stop breastfeeding as all her feeds other than the night and lunch are all on the breast?”
The advice at the moment is to breastfeed if possible for a year and then to introduce cow’s milk. Some research suggests that it is OK to introduce full fat cow’s milk earlier, but I feel that the nearer to a year you can get, the better. The baby is so well protected from food allergies, and infections, by breastfeeding that there is no point giving up until you have to.
When you do decide to wean, do it gradually, cutting out a feed at a time until you are left with just one or two a day. Quite often it is quite difficult to stop that last feed and sometimes you have to be quite tough and let someone else give a cup or a bottle while you go out.
Gill James, Babyworld Breastfeeding Expert.