The Ultimate Guide to Parenting

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. Due to concerns about something going wrong in the process of weaning, most new mothers get worried about the ideal time to wean their children. Recommendations says you should breastfeed your child for the first 6months without anything else and then the process of weaning can start from there. The recommendation comes with a number of explanations to support it and among the several explanations is the fact that such children who breastfeed for 6 months end up being at lower risks of being attacked by chronic disorders as the milk contains essential nutrients for the development of the baby. Breastfeeding is associated with burning of extra calories and therefore it can benefit the mother by helping lose the pregnancy weight. 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. 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. Patterns for babies are very different even if they are of the same mother hence you must be ready to observe and know your baby to avoid using patterns that don’t work with your baby. 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 can become engorged or even be at a risk of getting breast infections or depression due sudden hormone drop. 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. 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. Processed foods could have high level of sugars and may not even comprise of the ideal nutrients for the baby.