When You Should Finish Weaning
As mentioned previously, you don’t need to cut out breastfeeding completely for a while. If you can continue occasional breastfeeding through your child’s second birthday, that is your best option. However, we know this isn’t possible for everyone.
If your child is bottle feeding, sooner rather than later is better for their health and development. The AAP recommends that babies give up the bottle by about 1 year, no later than 18 months.
Waiting too long to stop the bottle can affect a child’s health and development. Prolonged bottle use can add excess calories to a child’s diet, increasing their risk for obesity. It is also bad for their oral development and puts them at risk for tooth decay since most children take their bottles to bed.