Preparing for Weaning ...
Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. The Department of Health and Children recommends exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months of life and continue with the combination of nutritious foods for up to 2 years and beyond.
It is recommended that weaning should begin for bottlefed babies between 4-6 months of age. Look out for certain signs or indications that your baby will give you, to tell you that they may be ready for more than just their milk feed. For developmental and nutritional reasons weaning should not begin before 4 months (17 weeks).
Signs that your baby is ready to wean:
Your baby may be putting their fingers or other objects in their mouth, directing them to their mouth or sucking their fists with more regularity.
Your baby may appear hungry or dissatisfied after a milk-only feed, or be looking for or waking up for more frequent feeds than usual.
Your baby may be taking more of an interest in solid foods, by paying more attention to you and your food when you eat, or reaching out for any food nearby.
Your baby may be able to sit upright with less support.