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. 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. Breast-milk is associated with providing a child with immunity to diseases and therefore this is one of the reasons given for the recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding a child for the first 6 months. The benefit of breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months to the mother is that it helps in burning the extra calories hence it can help in losing the pregnancy weight which is usually a great worry for mothers. Observing your child is crucial since some children will give you the lead of when to start weaning them and therefore despite recommendations the choice of when to start the process is still the mothers child. Natural weaning also referred to as baby-lead-weaning occurs when your baby shows less concern for breast-milk and more for other foods.
In case you baby falls sick, consider postponing the weaning schedule to a later time until your baby has recovered fully. 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. Mothers continue breastfeeding even after initiating the weaning process which is highly recommended since the full adjusting could take weeks or even months. Immediate stop of breastfeeding could have serious effects on both the mother and the child and that’s why it’s recommended for the weaning to be a gradual process. 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. Next issue after deciding on the appropriate time for weaning your baby is what type of foods to give the baby. Preparing your baby’s food at home is the most recommended way of weaning your baby since you are aware of what you are cooking unlike bought foods which may not even reveal all ingredients used. If you can avoid buying store foods to feed your baby, it’s advisable in an attempt to ensure safety for your baby.