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All About Weaning a Baby

Decisions involving a baby are taken seriously and this makes most new mothers have the pressure of making the right decisions for them and weaning is no different. Weaning a child is not a one-day thing but a gradual process of introducing your child to foods other than the mother’s milk. One of the greatest concerns mothers have is about the appropriate time to start winning their child as they want to avoid any complications that could occur as result of maybe wrong weaning time. Recommendations says you should breastfeed your child for the first 6months without anything else and then the process of weaning can start from there. One of the reasons given for this recommendation is that breastfeeding for 6months assists in protecting your baby against chronic diseases since it contains the ideal carbohydrates, proteins and even fats for the well being of the baby. Breastfeeding is associated with burning of extra calories and therefore it can benefit the mother by helping lose the pregnancy weight. The choice of when to start weaning your child is a personal choice but some children will give you hints that they are ready for weaning. Natural weaning also referred to as baby-lead-weaning occurs when your baby shows less concern for breast-milk and more for other foods.

Whenever a child is not feeling well and you were about to wean them or just started, consider postponing it to a later time when your child is well. One fact about babies is that they all desire different things at different times hence patterns for one baby cannot be concluded to work for another as even a first child could differ in patterns with a second baby from the same mother. Weaning is a gradual process hence could take weeks or even months and therefore mothers don’t stop breastfeeding immediately they introduce the baby to other foods. Sudden stop in breastfeeding after introducing your child to other foods could be putting you and your baby in a risky position in terms of health. Your breasts could be the first part to display the fact that sudden stop in breastfeeding is not right as you might develop breast infections or they can become engorged. After deciding on the appropriate time to start weaning your baby, now the next concern that bothers most mothers is on the type of food and which one to be precise are good for the baby. Foods prepared at other places away from home are not a good way of weaning your baby since you are aware of every ingredient used and also the sanitation levels employed. If you can avoid buying store foods to feed your baby, it’s advisable in an attempt to ensure safety for your baby.