Babies only have milk up to 6 months old. This food is essential for growth and development. The choice to breastfeed or formula feed is yours, it is however difficult to change once breastfeeding has stopped.
Weaning means switching from breast milk to formula. For it to be successful, gradually replace feeds with bottles of formula milk. For example, replace 1 feed with 1 bottle for 3 days, then 2 feeds with 2 bottles over the next 3 days and so on. Gradual reduction in the number of feeds naturally causes lactation to reduce.
From a nutritional perspective, your pharmacist or doctor can advise you on a formula milk similar to breast milk for easy transition.
In some breastfed babies, for example with a family history of allergies, an interim stage with a hypo-allergenic milk may be necessary.
Seek advice from a health professional.