Every baby is different, so be guided by your little one but weaning should not be before 4 months or later than 6 months.
- There has been a lot on this in the media recently so you are right to feel confused.
- The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months to protect babies in Developing countries against gastrointestinal infections.
- There is no evidence to show that babies in the UK are more likely to get allergies or gastrointestinal infections if they are weaned before 6 months. In fact, introducing gluten between 4 and 7 months may reduce the risk of developing coeliac disease, type 1 diabetes and wheat allergy.
- Before 4 months (17 weeks) his kidneys and digestive system are not ready for solids but by 6 months (26 weeks) formula/breast milk no longer provides all the nutrients needed.
- Delayed weaning past 6 months may be linked with later feeding problems and development of allergies.
TOP TIP: Take the lead from your little one .