When it comes to stopping breastfeeding, there is no set time that all mother-baby duos must follow. Every mother and baby is different and weaning is an entirely personal decision made when both are comfortable.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding babies up to six months of age.1 It is recommend that a combination of both solid foods and breast milk until the child is one year of age. If a baby is weaning off breastfeeding before he or she is one year of age, they can take child formula instead of breast milk. And if the baby is stopping breastfeeding at one year of age or older, they can just skip the formula and start drinking cow’s milk right away.2
While this is the recommendation, there are many mothers who stop nursing before the 12-month period, and there are others who continue breastfeeding their baby for up to two years. This is known as extended breastfeeding and is a perfectly healthy option for mothers and babies who wish to continue their breastfeeding journey.