It’s important for you to give your baby nutritious foods and drinks during mealtimes. Breast milk and formula give babies all the calories and nutrients they need until they are about 6 months old. Weaning can start gradually or abruptly in order to get your baby what he or she needs for growth. When you are about to make choices regarding weaning, always think of your baby’s emotional needs, age, and readiness.
What is Weaning?
Weaning is transition of the human infant from breast-feeding or bottle nursing and commencement of nourishment with other food.
Paediatricians recommends that babies to be breastfed for at least a year and as long after a year as mother and child desire.
• If you are not breastfeeding and your baby is younger than 12 months of age, use iron-fortified formula. Do not offer your baby cow’s milk. because iron is not well-absorbed, and it is necessary for healthy development. Also, some babies may react to the protein in cow’s milk.
• Most children need whole milk when they are 1 to 2 years of age. If your baby is overweight your doctor may recommend 2% milk or if there is a family history.
• Switching from breast milk to formula may cause differences in how often your baby is being feed. There will be a change in the colour and consistency of your baby’s stools.
So, we hope that you choose what is right for you and your baby.
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