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Community Questions - How much milk does your baby need when weaning?

"How much milk should I give to my 7 month daughter whilst we are weaning her? She is on 1/2 meals per day. Thank you."


This is one of the most common questions we get sent from our community about weaning and how much milk baby's should be getting during this transition.


Weaning is an exciting milestone in your baby's life, and it's essential to ensure they get the right balance of milk and solid foods. In this article, we'll guide you through the process of weaning and share information based on the NHS guidelines to help you make informed decisions.


Weaning is the gradual introduction of solid foods alongside breast milk or formula. It typically begins when your baby is around six months old, but every baby is unique, so it's crucial to follow your baby's cues and discuss the process with your GP for any questions related to your baby.


Milk Remains Important:


During weaning, it's important to remember that milk, whether it's breast milk or infant formula, remains a crucial part of your baby's diet. It provides essential nutrients and continues to be their primary source of nutrition until they transition to a more varied diet.


NHS Guidelines on Milk Consumption:


The NHS provides clear guidelines on how much milk your baby needs during the weaning process:


1. Breast Milk or Formula: Continue to offer your baby breast milk or infant formula alongside solid foods. Aim for at least 500-600ml (around 17-20 ounces) of breast milk or formula per day until your baby is one year old.


2. Gradual Transition: As your baby starts eating more solid foods, you may notice a natural decrease in their milk intake. This is entirely normal, as solid foods become a more significant part of their diet.


3. Weaning Foods: Introduce a variety of nutritious weaning foods, such as pureed fruits and vegetables, rice, and baby cereals. Gradually increase the amount and variety of solid foods as your baby becomes more accustomed to eating.


4. Responsive Feeding: Pay attention to your baby's hunger and fullness cues. Every baby is different, and some may prefer more milk than others during weaning.


5. Vitamin Supplements: If you are exclusively breastfeeding, the NHS recommends giving your baby vitamin drops containing vitamins A, C, and D from six months of age.


6. Consult Your Healthcare Provider: Always consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified infant feeding specialist for personalised advice on weaning and milk intake based on your baby's specific needs.


Remember that every baby is unique, and the transition to solid foods should be gradual and responsive to their needs. It is recommended to continue to offer breast milk or formula alongside a variety of nutritious weaning foods. Your GP can provide tailored guidance to ensure your baby gets the right balance of milk and solids during this important stage of development.


We hope this information helps you feel more confident as you navigate the weaning process with your little one. Remember, Carol App is here to support you through your motherhood journey, providing reliable and uplifting advice whenever you need it. Happy weaning!

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