Why is weaning important?
“Weaning is the process by which babies learn to take foods other than milk” (Squire G 2007 pg 69) this is an important process for babies after the age of 6 months a babies natural reserve of iron are running low and milk alone is not sufficient to meet these or provide enough calories for growing babies. You are the best judge of when to wean your baby, but “the Department of Health now recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months (26 weeks). If you feel your baby needs to start solids before this, do talk to your health visitor. The Department of Health used to recommend that babies were started on solids between the ages of four and six months. Then in May 2003, they issued the following statement: "Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of an infant's life as it provides all the nutrients a baby needs” http://www.askbaby.com/when-wean-baby.htm
Weaning is an important millstone in you baby’s life because you are introducing new tastes and textures the baby can begin to join in family meals and this offers an opportunity for family conversation and this help their social and cognitive skills also this will help them develop their manners.
When to wean:
A baby could thrive on milk alone until the age of 12 months but, when your baby is at this age, the iron stores birth will be diminishing and the baby will be at risk of becoming anaemic. When weaning your baby it is important you chose the correct weaning food, to do this look for these when choosing food:
• “Protein to help the baby's rapid growth. Protein from selected cereals are easily digested and completely assimilated.
• Carbohydrates to supply energy, which a growing baby needs in abundance.
• Phosphorus, calcium and vitamin D. These help to build sturdy bones and strong teeth and Iron, which promotes the formation of healthy and strong blood.”http://www.greatoffers4u.com/articles/4049
How to wean:
Choose a time when you...