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 can be referred to as the process of bringing in other foods into a baby’s diet other than the mother’s milk. Due to concerns about something going wrong in the process of weaning, most new mothers get worried about the ideal time to wean their children. Recommendations says you should breastfeed your child for the first 6months without anything else and then the process of weaning can start from there. 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. Breastfeeding is associated with burning of extra calories and therefore it can benefit the mother by helping lose the pregnancy weight. Observing your child is crucial since some children will give you the lead of when to start weaning them and therefore despite recommendations the choice of when to start the process is still the mothers child. 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.
If your child is unwell for various reasons, it would be important to postpone weaning process until the baby is well again. 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 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. Abrupt halt in breastfeeding after introducing the baby to other foods is associated with certain health effects on both the mother and the child. Your breasts can become engorged or even be at a risk of getting breast infections or depression due sudden hormone drop. After deciding on the appropriate time to start weaning your baby, now the next concern that bothers most mothers is on the type of food and which one to be precise are good for the baby. Preparing your baby’s food at home is the most recommended way of weaning your baby since you are aware of what you are cooking unlike bought foods which may not even reveal all ingredients used. If you can avoid buying store foods to feed your baby, it’s advisable in an attempt to ensure safety for your baby.