Weaning is the process of gradually introducing solids to your baby.
There is a lot of confusion about weaning. If you would like more help please do contact me for individual help and support to guide you through this time.
These are some of the topics that you might want to talk about;
Constipation?When to introduce dairy products?Calcium?How many times a day?Baby Led?What do you start with?Frequency?Reflux?Wheat?Gluten free?Problems with dairy products?Allergies?What foods – how to miss out puree?Premature?Introduce solids early?Mother Led?How much?
Why do mothers introduce solids?
- Baby seems ‘hungry’
- Baby starts waking at night
- Weight gain slows down
- Baby watches parent eating
- Someone says it is the right time
The average 3 month old baby…
- Has a reflex tongue thrust and an active gag reflex.
- Has almost no pancreatic activity so has only about 10% of an adult’s ability to digest starch.
- Is reliant on breast milk lipases to digest fat effectively.
- Is not capable of feeding himself except milk.
- Is designed to be exclusively milk fed.
The average 6 month old baby…
- Is beginning to sit unsupported.
- Takes objects to his mouth accurately.
- Is beginning to bite and chew.
- Has more or less the full adult ability to digest and absorb a range of foods.
- Can still fulfil all his fluid and almost his food needs through milk.
- Is ready to begin to feed themselves with solid foods.
To discuss these facts and the best way to start to wean please do call for a chat and book a session with myself.
The following two websites provide more information on weaning and introducing your baby to solids.