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 can be referred to as the process of bringing in other foods into a baby’s diet 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. Recommendations says you should breastfeed your child for the first 6months without anything else and then the process of weaning can start from there. 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. 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. When your baby gives you signs of beginning the weaning process, this is referred to as baby-lead-weaning and normally happens when your baby shows signs of being fed up with breast-milk and displaying attraction for other foods.
In case you baby falls sick, consider postponing the weaning schedule to a later time until your baby has recovered fully. 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 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. Your breasts could be the first part to display the fact that sudden stop in breastfeeding is not right as you might develop breast infections or they can become engorged. When you start weaning your child more concerns arise as to what foods are appropriate for your 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.