Weaning your baby from breastfeeding
When you are ready to wean your baby, the best way to start is gradually. During the introduction of new foods breastfeeding should still continue in order to supplement the new diet. The following factors should be considered while feeding, this includes:
Factors to Consider When Weaning Your Baby
2. The first meal should be very soft and continues to be more solid as the baby grows.
3. New foods should be introduced gradually one at a time – this is so as to give the child time to become familiar with one type of food before moving to introduce another type of food.
4. Start by giving small amounts of foods with the spoon increasing the portions as the responds to the feeding.
5. Once the baby accepts one type of food then give it more frequently so as to make the baby more familiar with it.
6. Do not force the baby foods that they dislike. If they dislike a particular type of food then it should be discontinued.
7. Ensure that all the feeding equipment has been sterilized properly before using.
8. feed the baby 30 minutes after breastfeeding.
9. Take note that milk continues to be of importance to the baby since it contains the best source of nutrients. Therefore milk can be taken on foods and also can be used as a drink.
Abrupt weaning or stopping all breastfeeding right away is very difficult for both the baby and the mother. Mastitis is caused by the abrupt weaning, due to the body not being able to adjust to the milk being left inside. In addition, it can affect your hormones. Besides the mother’s issues, abrupt weaning may cause emotional trauma to the baby.