Women are encouraged to give breast milk as the only food for their babies for the first 6 months. From 6 months you can start offering solid foods while you continue to breastfeeding until 12 months. Weaning is when you stop breastfeeding. The weaning process starts when you start introducing solids, and can continue for many months until you choose to stop breastfeeding all together. You may notice your baby is showing more interest in food and weaning may happen naturally as they drink less milk. If you are looking to reduce breastfeeding or you are returning to work you may choose to wean to a bottle or cup, or you may choose to wean a bottle fed baby to a cup this decision will depend on the age of your baby.