Q - My baby is currently 18 weeks old and is waking in the night for extra breast feeds. I'm worried that she is not getting all the nutrition she needs. Should I start weaning?
A - The Department of Health says its best to commence weaning at six months old. Until this time, breast or formula milk will provide all of the nutrients your baby needs.
Waking more often at night is actually very normal between three and five months old and not necessarily a hunger sign, meaning starting solids may not result in a better night's sleep.
Try giving extra milk before considering trying solids. Other signs that your baby might be ready to take solids include holding her head up, reaching and grabbing things, making chewing motions and putting things in her mouth, showing an interest in food and sitting well supported.
If you start weaning before six months, there are many foods which you need to avoid. Because of this, it is best to discuss it first with your health professional.