Hi, my son is 9+months now and want to stop breast feeding as I 've to get back to my job. He is on solid homemade foods like ragi malt, suji porridge, idly, rice porridge etc. Also eats fruits & veggies well. could you please suggest what milk should be a supplement to breastmilk? Formula milk or pasturized packet milk?

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ideally a baby can be breastfed as long as you can and minimum for 2 years. However if you wish to wean off, then keep the baby well fed through other milk and complementary solid feeds. You can also discourage the child by, using bitter edible things like neem/karela juice. It will take some before the baby is completely weaned off. Also ask any other family member/husband to put the baby to sleep. If you are lactating sufficiently to meet your child's need, you may not start with any top feed.It can be expressed and fed to your baby while you are away. Otherwise, if there is need to give top feed,you can gradually start with top feed. Start by replacing one of your feeds with top feed. You can start with a lesser amount of 50 ml or so and then gradually increase the amounts according to child's acceptance. Formula milk is made of animal milk only and has added nutrients to match it most closely with breast milk. Some prefer fresh animal milk (do not give cow's milk to a child below one year of age) over formula milk. Packet milk is pasteurised animal milk only which is more hygienically packed and hence safer. You can also read the following blog to help you decide on the type of milk http://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/all-you-wanted-to-know-about-the-milk-intake-of-your-child/619

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