when to start weaning?
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Lynn - posted on 02/14/2011
Do you have a desire to wean this early? Are you unhappy breastfeeding or having problems? If you are having problems groups like Le Leche league can help. If you are happy you can be content knowing you should exclusively breastfeed for six months and after that watch your babies cues for how much he/she needs to breastfeed. The WHO recommend breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond if mother and baby want.
Remember, as long as you continue your baby receives benefits.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding addresses this issue and also gives great age appropriate tips to help wean when you decide the time is right. This is my favorite book for all things breastfeeding!
Jessica - posted on 02/13/2011
the pediatrician started our daughter on cereals when she was 3-4 months old since formula wasnt filling her up by its self and when she was 8 months she refused to drink her bottle so doc told us we could start whole white milk and she is now a health 31lb 1 1/2 year old
Lise - posted on 02/11/2011
What do you mean by weaning? Starting food, I say 6 months - it's what the WHO recommends, and AAP. http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...
If you mean weaning from breastfeeding, it's a personal decision. We are still going strong at 16 mo. Recommendations for breastfeeding are at least a year for the AAP and 2 years for the WHO.
Toni - posted on 02/11/2011
Follow your babies cues as there is no one way fits all when it comes to weaning, one baby may be ready at 4 months another won't be ready until 8 months. The cues to look out for are:
1) Baby can sit unaided
2) The tongue thrust is gone (so they do not automatically push their tongue out when you put food in their mouth, do not continue weaning if they still have the tongue thrust after 2 or 3 attempts at feeding them at a sitting - (2 or 3 spoons of food)).
3) Baby shows a lot of interest in your food and seeing you eating
4)They reach out for food you are eating