Apologies for starting yet another weaning thread. I tried to bring up others using the search facility, but it just kept refreshing the baby & toddler page. Right- LO is four months old. I am going back to work when she is 7 months old. I'm breastfeeding and it's gone brilliantly so far (touch wood). What I'd like to do ideally is keep feeding her myself as long as we can after 6 months, once or maybe twice a day; and wait until probably 5 or 5.5 months to start weaning. However, OH is going to have her on the days I'm at work, and he's concerned that unless we establish a formula feed now, he is going to struggle when I'm not around. I know I can express, but (and these will sound like poor excuses, I'm sure) (a) it's time consuming and I can't do it in the day- LO is too demanding and doesn't sleep for long stretches, so it's evenings or nothing and I'm usually knackered; (b) unless she's missed a feed, like when she sleeps through, I can't get more than 3oz out- and that's the maximum, it's usually more like 1 or 2. I know it can be frozen and built up, but it's very dispiriting and the whole palaver is so time consuming what with the steriliser, the washing up and so on. So by the time I go back, she won't have much of a store of whole feeds anyway. OH is also keen for me to drop breastfeeding entirely at six months, saying she'll have had the benefit, he wants to free me up, he wants "us" to get back to normal, and that if I carry on, I'm likely to continue for longer than he is comfortable with- I think he has visions of me feeding a grown child! I did initially think I would do that, but it's gone so smoothly and I am convinced it's brilliant for us both, so I'd like to carry it on. If I wasn't going back to work I wouldn't consider formula and I don't like the idea now. The point to the post (sorry, I'll get there one day) is: is it feasible to start weaning at 5 months or later, and get her onto 3 solid meals a day by 7 months, or will it take longer than that? I've heard both, you see, and have no first-hand experience at all. If she is having 3 meals then I'm sure she won't miss me during the working day, but if she's not then I imagine she will need the formula. If she will need formula, should we start introducing it now, or would it be ok to wait until 6 months? I know the official line on weaning, but I've also been told by a midwife friend that the guidance is excessively cautious to make up for people who'd be weaning at 8 weeks if they thought 16 weeks was ok (if you see what I mean). So I'm less worried about a few organic vegetable meals early than I am about dropping the b/feeding!