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The right time to wean

The right time to wean

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Making the transition from breastfeeding to solid foods is a big event for both you and your baby. It’s not just a matter of getting nutrition in a new way – it’s a whole set of skills and enjoyments.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Here are few pointers that you should keep in mind before starting the process of weaning for your baby.

All babies are different.

They have their own preferences about what they like to eat and when they’re ready for the same. If you have other babies, you may be surprised by how different your new baby is from your elder son or daughter.  It’s important that you follow the individual cues of your new baby – each to her own!

Medical experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Weaning should begin once your baby is six months old. Since babies vary in their needs, consult your doctor on when your baby is ready for solid foods.

Starting solids too early or leaving them for too late are both not recommended.

Starting weaning too soon:

  • A baby does not need these foods yet and they may displace breast milk. Less breast milk means lesser amount of growth and protective nutrients
  • It increases the risk of diarrhoea and other infections
  • In order to make them easy to eat, the foods given are often thin, watery porridges or soups that do not provide adequate amount of nutrients to the baby

Starting weaning too late:

  • The baby doesn’t get enough food needed to fulfill her increasing needs
  • It might affect her proper growth and development
  • The chances of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies increase

It is up to you to maintain the health and happiness of your baby while introducing new foods into her diet. Take the right steps and ensure she is still smiling!

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