Breast milk is absolutely sufficient for the first six months of life; your baby does not need anything else. After this period baby will be looking forward to a greater variety and the first solid foods will be introduced into his or her diet. Even at this stage, milk – breast or formula – can remain a very important source of nutrients well into the second and third years of life and even beyond. If you are weaning because you are planning to return to work, don’t get your baby used to a bottle or cup months in advance. Babies learn quickly in their first year, so it’s better to wait until just a couple of weeks before your return date.
Under six months
If your baby is under six months and not yet ready for solid foods, you should switch to feeding a suitable formula for CMA infants. Substitute formulas such as eHF and AAF provide all the necessary nutrients your baby needs to grow and develop healthily.
Just over six months
If your baby is just over six months and has recently started on solid foods, he or she will still need expressed breast milk or amino acid-based formula. From six months onwards, babies can be fed with a cup rather than a bottle. It will make life much easier for the person taking over the task of feeding from the breastfeeding mother.
If your baby is older and eating more solid foods, there usually is less need for expressed breast milk or formula. In this case, it will be quite possible to satisfy its hunger with the kind of solid foods similar to those eaten by the rest of the family. If your child has CMA, the suitable formula may still play an important role in the nutrition as some foods will have to be avoided. Especially, if your child isn’t a great eater, it’s important to let him or her catch up with the help of the formula.