Breastfeeding and Weaning
Mother keeps a baby on breastfeeding unless they are capable of eating some light food. Babies start taking solid but soft food when they are six months old. At this growing age babies usually ready to decrease breastfeeding gradually.
The process when the baby gradually stops breastfeeding and moves toward solid food as a source of energy is known as weaning.
Practice to make your baby to wean is usually a little bit effortful process for every mother. Some babies are more comfortable with solid food and need less-often breastfeeding however some have a hard time stopping. According to Leigh Anne O’Conner who an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant:
"When weaning from breast or bottle it is important to know that your baby is ready before starting the process. Your baby should be able to sit up and hold onto a cup. Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding both involve holding and touch. As you move toward weaning, offer your baby touch and eye contact."
When it comes to weaning it should be very crucial to keep two things in your consideration which are the nutritional needs of your baby and their emotional needs. It is a common observation that babies are more emotionally vulnerable than adults and are in the stage where they are going through rapid development.
This article provides you with all that important information that you need to make your baby wean. All you have to do is keep the following things under consideration:
When your baby is ready to take solid food?
Your baby is ready to wean when:
- When their reflexes stop to thrust the food out of the mouth.
- When they can sit and chew food.
- When they can hold food in hands.
- When they know to put food in the mouth because babies often throw it away.
How to Make your Baby Wean?
There are some very important things that you need to know, we have outlined them as under:
- Keep in consideration to keep everything clean that you use for your baby to wean.
- Do not use food that is prepared couple of hours ago for your baby.
- Use food with lumpier texture and finger food.
- Start giving with small amounts and offer your baby the mashed and blended food.
- Do not reduce the breastfeeding abruptly. Make this process slow and steadily reduce it.
- If your baby isn’t into weaning use distractions such as play different games and sounds and then make them eat food while they focus on fun.
- While preparing your kid to wean it is very important to show more attention and affection toward your baby.
- Practice it with your baby by making them hold tiny pots such as cups dish, keep them especially for your child’s practice.
When your baby starts weaning, begin with small amounts and easy-to-eat food. Make sure the food you prepare for the baby should be soft, mashed, and cooled down. Try out with a small amount so that if an allergic reaction is present can be identified.
Some suitable foods are given below:
- Half Boiled Eggs
- Boiled Chicken
- Cookies dipped In Cow milk
- Crushed seeds
- Food containing wheat and Barely
- Boiled and mashed vegetables
- Mashed fruits such as Bananas, apples
- Bread and cakes dipped with milk or mashed
- Mashed rice
Food to Avoid
Not all types of foods are suitable for the baby that is obvious. We have enlisted some types of foods that are not at all good for your baby so even if you are giving it to your baby, you need to stop right now.
- Food containing more salt and spice
- Heavy sugary food
- Hard food such as peanuts.
- Raw eggs and meat
- uncooked vegetable
In conclusion, breastfeeding weaning is a steady process that takes a lot of patience and practice, which need the emotional and nutritional needs of your baby into consideration