Weaning Tips for Mothers
Most new mothers are often faced with the challenge of decisions about their babies especially on the issue of weaning. 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. Some doctors recommend breastfeeding your child for the first 6months from birth. 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. Breastfeeding is associated with burning of extra calories and therefore it can benefit the mother by helping lose the pregnancy weight. 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. There comes a time when your baby starts rejecting breast-milk and desire other foods which is normal and is referred to as natural weaning.
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 process could take weeks or even months hence mothers should continue feeding their child with breast milk even in the weaning process until the other foods can fully replace breast-milk. 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. 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. 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. Processed foods could have high level of sugars and may not even comprise of the ideal nutrients for the baby.
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