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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. 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. One of the greatest concerns mothers have is about the appropriate time to start winning their child as they want to avoid any complications that could occur as result of maybe wrong weaning time. 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. 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.

If your child is unwell for various reasons, it would be important to postpone weaning process until the baby is well again. From sleeping patterns to weaning periods, children will behave in their own unique way hence what works for one baby might not work for another. 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. 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. When you start weaning your child more concerns arise as to what foods are appropriate for your 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. If you can avoid buying store foods to feed your baby, it’s advisable in an attempt to ensure safety for your baby.