Before the baby is 6 months old. You should not try to use a cup. Babies need to suck.
When a baby is switched to a cup too early, the urge and need to suck remains
strong. Not being able to suck may frustrate your baby. The American Academy of
Pediatrics recommends that babies be breast-fed until they are at least 1 year
When a child is learning new skills. Learning new
skills, such as crawling or walking, can be stressful for your child, and the
breast or bottle may provide comfort and security.
When there is stress in the home. A new tooth, an
illness, a new day care center, or the caregiver starting back to work can all
be stressful. Weaning at this time, or during any difficult time, results in
more stress and more difficulty weaning.
During unusually warm weather. During weaning,
babies sometimes refuse any liquid other than breast milk for 24 to 48 hours.
This can put the baby at risk for
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.