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Best Ways to Wean your Child

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Next issue after deciding on the appropriate time for weaning your baby is what type of foods to give the 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. If you can avoid buying store foods to feed your baby, it’s advisable in an attempt to ensure safety for your baby.

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