All About Weaning a Baby
Most new mothers are often faced with the challenge of decisions about their babies especially on the issue of weaning. Weaning can be referred to as the process of bringing in other foods into a baby’s diet 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. 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. 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. 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. When you start weaning your child more concerns arise as to what foods are appropriate for your 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. Processed foods could have high level of sugars and may not even comprise of the ideal nutrients for the baby.