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All About Weaning a Baby

For most new mothers, decisions on important events of their babies’ life come with a certain pressure since they want to make the right decisions for the well being of their children. When a baby is introduced to other foods like maybe solid foods or even milk which is not from their mother, then that process is referred to as weaning. The question of the right time to wean a child is one of the most asked by new mothers in their attempt to make the right choices for their babies. 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. For the mother it is said that breastfeeding will help in losing the pregnancy weight which most mothers want to get rid of. Some children will give you a lead on when to start weaning them by giving various signs but still even after recommendations the choice on when to wean your child is still your personal decision. When your baby gives you signs of beginning the weaning process, this is referred to as baby-lead-weaning and normally happens when your baby shows signs of being fed up with breast-milk and displaying attraction for other foods.

In case you baby falls sick, consider postponing the weaning schedule to a later time until your baby has recovered fully. From sleeping patterns to weaning periods, children will behave in their own unique way hence what works for one baby might not work for another. Mothers continue breastfeeding even after initiating the weaning process which is highly recommended since the full adjusting could take weeks or even months. Abrupt halt in breastfeeding after introducing the baby to other foods is associated with certain health effects on both the mother and the child. Engorgement of breasts and development of certain breast infections are signs linked to abrupt weaning which illustrates the importance of taking the weaning process gradually. Next issue after deciding on the appropriate time for weaning your baby is what type of foods to give the baby. It’s important to ensure you prepare the food for your baby at home where you make important decisions on the ingredients and also ensuring hygiene to make sure you are not poisoning your own baby by giving them foods you don’t even understand. If you can avoid buying store foods to feed your baby, it’s advisable in an attempt to ensure safety for your baby.