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It is easiest for you and your baby if weaning is gradual - over weeks, months or even longer. 

As you introduce your baby to new foods, you can continue to breastfeed. Weaning is the gradual process of giving your baby other foods while continuing to breastfeed. When to start weaning your child is a personal decision.

It is often easiest to begin weaning when your baby starts the process. Natural or child-led weaning happens when your baby starts to accept more solid foods while still breastfeeding on demand.

Planned or mother-let weaning happens when mothers decide to start the weaning process. This might be more difficult than following your child's lead, but can be done with extra care.

Whenever you choose to start weaning your child from the breast, stay focused on your child's needs as well as your own.

Additional Resources: Weaning your child from breastfeeding

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