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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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

If your child is unwell for various reasons, it would be important to postpone weaning process until the baby is well again. 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. Your breasts can become engorged or even be at a risk of getting breast infections or depression due sudden hormone drop. 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. Buying store foods to feed your baby shouldn’t be the main way of feeding your baby since it may not contain the right proportions of nutrients.