Weaning occurs naturally for the breastfed infant when other foods are introduced. As a baby gets more and more food from sources other than the breast, milk production slows down.

For the exclusively breastfed infant, this process is so gradual in the second half of the first year, that mom may not even notice. Milk production continues as long as the child is put to the breast, and the decision to totally wean is an individual one influenced by many factors.

No matter when weaning occurs, a process of slowly stopping breastfeeding is best. If a baby is younger than 1 year of age, infant formula should be substituted for breast milk. Talk to your baby’s doctor to see what formula he or she recommends.