How to introduce weaning foods

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Baby-led weaningAccording to specialists, breastfeeding is the best way of fulfilling the complete nutritional requirements of your baby. With breastfeeding, both mother and child feel create a special bond. There are also many health benefits to breastfeeding for little one, as well as for mum. Breastfeeding is an environmently friendly process too as there is no need for extra feeding equipment and packaging. At some stage, there will be a need for baby weaning foods. There is a difference in the opinions of specialists about when the best time to start introducing baby weaning foods. One method that is virtually fool proof is waiting for your baby to start weaning himself.
It is normally a difficult decision for mother to stop breastfeeding their babies, and all the stigma attached to breastfeeding does not help. It is recommended by most health care professionals to breastfeed your baby for least the first six months and then start introducing baby weaning foods. A baby normally requires breastmilk around every four hours which would normally mean a feed or two during the night even after introducing solids.
In the beginning, you can mix baby rice with breastmilk as this is soft and a good introduction. Start slow with a couple of spoons, even mixing meal times with porridge and milk. After some time your baby will begin to eat more and more solids without a fuss. You might find it difficult  to judge the food requirements of your little one, but just like bottle feeding you will soon get the hang of how much he wants and when he has had enough. It may be a good idea to introduce solids as a lunch time meal and slowly progress to other meals being solids too. Normally the bottle or breastmilk is keep for an evening meal when putting little one down to bed.
Once little one has gotten used to porridge you could start introducing vegetables and other soft foods such as baby rice. Another favorite for babies that are weaning is fruit such as bananas, pears and apples. Good vegitables that can be introduced early on in the weaning process include parsnip, carrot, sweet potato and butternut squash. It is best not to try everything at once, instead opt to make a batch of food and give the same meal to your little one for a couple of days in a row. This will allow your little one a chance to get used to this new food, remeber that he or she has been living on milk alone for a number of months and something that might seem pretty bland to yourself is in fact completely unknown to your little one.
When you start introducing weaning foods you should not stop breastfeeding or bottle feeding all together. To start off with the solids will not be providing much nutrients as baby will most likely be throwing most of it on the floor, walls and your clothes. When you continue with the bottle feeding you are able to monitor the amount they eat and adjust accordingly. After solid food has been well established you should be able to start introducing other food such as eggs, meat, dairy and bread. You should always make sure that the equipment used is clean and germ-free.Clean all cuttlery and cooking utensils thoroughly and make use of a steriliser if your baby is still very young. Always speak to your family doctor or midwife if you are unsure about what food you should introduce according to your childs age.

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