A Brief History of 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. Weaning can be referred to as the process of bringing in other foods into a baby’s diet other than the mother’s milk. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Whenever a child is not feeling well and you were about to wean them or just started, consider postponing it to a later time when your child is well. 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. Mothers continue breastfeeding even after initiating the weaning process which is highly recommended since the full adjusting could take weeks or even months. 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 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. 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.

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