WEANING - WatsonsHealth


Weaning refers to the stage when your baby gets their nutrition other than breastfeeding. Though it is a normal process, you need to know the signs well in order to make the transition easier.

In general, if your little one can coordinate their eyes and hands to get the objects to their mouth, they are ready to wean. However you should be aware that quick increase in their appetite is not a go signal for weaning.

As growth of the baby depends on a lot of factors like health conditions, your pediatrician will help you in weaning your baby and recommend the right food choices.

Babies will utilize more energy as they learn to roll over and sit up. This will result in increased appetite and allows them to consume more milk. Every baby develops at their own rate, it depends on various factors. That is why determining the right time to start weaning gets tricky.The common signs that show that your baby is ready to wean are listed below:

  • Sitting up by themselves
  • Keeping their head steady
  • Swallowing solid food
  • Feeling hungry after a breast feed

It is recommended to avoid starting weaning when you or your baby is sick. Breastfeeding up to six months will avoid cow’s milk allergy and also promotes good health in your baby.

If you are not sure about when to start weaning, seek the help of your pediatrician.

Once started on weaning, be sure to feed your baby with milk or dairy substitutes for up to 4 times in a day.

If your baby is six months old, choose iron-fortified solid food with breastmilk or its substitutes, well-mashed vegetables like potatoes and fruits like apples or bananas.

Start with half-a-teaspoon and slowly increase the quantity. When your baby is seven to nine months old, introduce well-cooked pasta and cheese, meat, and fish as well as other foods.

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