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Weaning - Promoting Healthy Growth and Development

Weaning a toddler

Gradual or abrupt weaning may work for 1- to 2-year-olds.

  • A toddler who breast- or bottle-feeds 3 or more times a day may do better with gradual weaning.
  • A toddler who breast- or bottle-feeds 2 times a day or less may do well with abrupt weaning.

You may find the following suggestions helpful as you switch to other types of feeding:

As your baby learns to feed himself or herself, keep in mind that your job is to provide a variety of nutritious foods but your baby will decide how much to eat. This is sometimes called the division of responsibility.

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: July 25, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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