How long can I breastfeed? in Breastfeeding

Posted by Anonymous on - 1 reply

Hi i was exclusively breast feeding for 6 months and then introduced pureed food. My daughter is now 9 months i has planned to stop breast feeding before now and thought now would be a good time to wean her off however, i have found feeding easy. I have had some comments from a family member who says i should stop and they cant express strongly enough that i should. They said my daughter should be drinking from a cup and should now be independent. I am a working mum, and i feel my daughter is quite independent already in other ways. Are there any negative implications of breast feeding to this age or beyond? What is the ideal time to stop. If i stop now will my baby be disadvantaged in any health ways?

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Nov 15, 2016 12:51 PM

Thank you for your email about continuing to breastfeed your baby now that she is 6 months.

The World Health Organisation and UNICEF recommend breastfeeding past the first birthday and beyond for as long as you and your baby want to.

At 6 months old, your baby needs to be eating finger foods in addition to spoon foods and breastfeeds; she will continue to get the benefits of breastmilk whilst eating solids. Jave a look at First Steps Nutrition ( and Gill Rapley's Baby Led Weaning approach (

Your daughter can also have full fat milk and water from a cup if you want to. There is absolutely no need to stop breastfeeding until you and your daughter are ready.

Katherine Fisher IBCLC