I will never forget the time when i have had to wean my babies,i almost hired a marching band when my kids graduated from breast milk to solid food.
Unfortunately my daughter who mis now five had to take formula at two months when i had to go back to work but my two-year old was very lucky,he breast-fed exclusively for the first 6 months.
Here are some rules which as a mum and as a nutritionist i lived by,hope they can help a new mum who is thinking of weaning.And i must say this has been inspired by one of my blog friends over at Mummytales,she writes the most hilarious posts on her mummy adventures.
1.Breast is best for the first 4-6 months
Exclusive breast-feeding for the first 6 months is a very good idea.I have noticed a difference with my daughter who with 2 months of breast-feeding had more visits to the pediatrician than with her brother who got 6 months of mummy y loving.
And if you have to get back to work before the 6 months are through,get a pump.
For some reason i could never get enough milk to leave for her and yes there are some mothers who for some reason cannot breast feed,make sure you talk to your baby’s pediatrician for advice on what formula to give the little one and for advice.
2.One food at a time
When introducing foods to a baby The American Academy of pediatrics recommends giving one ingredient at a time.
That way it will be easy to pick allergies and preferences you baby may have.
Give your child different flavours,tastes colors to experience.
DOnt stick to one thing,make it your little culinary orchestra.from mashed potatoes to baby squash or butternut,banana rice make weaning fun for both you and baby.
4.If baby does not like it,move on to something different
SOmetimes babies have minds of their own and may not take to a particular food as you expected,move on to something else and introduce it at a later date.
5.No fruit juices
Pediatricians advice tha that only fluids babies should take are either milk or water,packaged fruit juices are not healthy nor do they offer nay nutritional value to your child,unless they are fruit puree that you have made yourself.
commercial or packaged fruit juices have been shown to contribute to child obesity,juvenile onset diabetes and dental caries.
You may want to hold off on the salt ans sugar when making food for your baby until they are a little bit older.
Lastly just like an adult make sure your baby get nutrients from all the food groups,fats and carbohydrates,body building foods i.e proteins and essential minerals and vitamins that are provided by fruits and vegetables.
Have fun and share your weaning experiences here.