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Best Ways to Wean your Child

Decisions involving a baby are taken seriously and this makes most new mothers have the pressure of making the right decisions for them and weaning is no different. 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. 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. Some doctors recommend breastfeeding your child for the first 6months from birth. 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. 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. Natural weaning also referred to as baby-lead-weaning occurs when your baby shows less concern for breast-milk and more 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. 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. Sudden stop in breastfeeding after introducing your child to other foods could be putting you and your baby in a risky position in terms of health. 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.