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Best Ways to Wean your Child

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 a child is not a one-day thing but a gradual process of introducing your child to foods other than the mother’s milk. The question of the right time to wean a child is one of the most asked by new mothers in their attempt to make the right choices for their babies. Some doctors recommend breastfeeding your child for the first 6months from birth. 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. For the mother it is said that breastfeeding will help in losing the pregnancy weight which most mothers want to get rid of. 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. 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.

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. 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. Mothers continue breastfeeding even after initiating the weaning process which is highly recommended since the full adjusting could take weeks or even months. Immediate stop of breastfeeding could have serious effects on both the mother and the child and that’s why it’s recommended for the weaning to be a gradual process. 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. 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. Processed foods could have high level of sugars and may not even comprise of the ideal nutrients for the baby.

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