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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. 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. The most common advice is to feed your child with breast milk for at least 6months from the birth time. 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. The choice of when to start weaning your child is a personal choice but some children will give you hints that they are ready for weaning. 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 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. 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.

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