Like many things related to parenting and the raising of children there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to things such as feeding, breast feeding and weaning a baby. For many parents and children changes in routines such as a change in feeding comes very naturally when the baby is ready while other babies may take some time to wean so it is important to be in tune with your baby during this process.
For parents who are looking for some guidance when it comes to weaning baby there are quite a few organisations that offer great advice on this topic. Many organisations that recommend breast feeding advise that weaning a baby needs to be done gradually and should be child led which means that the mother needs to be watching for the signs that the child is ready. It is also advised that abrupt weaning can cause problems and be traumatic for the child so this should be avoided if possible.
In most cases a baby will very rarely wean before they are 1 year old. Generally if a baby under the age of 1 shows signs of low interest in breast feeding this may be only a temporary thing with many babies resuming to normal feeding after a few days. It is necessary to recognise that this is not the time to start weaning as the child is still quite young and not old enough to be started on solid foods.
Most of the resources that are available on breast feeding and weaning encourage women to plan ahead when it comes to breast feeding and weaning and decide on an approximate length of time they will breast feed their baby. It is also suggested that for the first six months of a baby’s life breast milk should be fed exclusively as this milk contains all the essentials for baby development. After the six month period it is then recommended that solid foods are introduced as well as a continuation with the breast feeding.
When it comes to weaning your baby there are a lot of things to consider and it is important that you make the process child led by looking for the signs that your baby is ready to wean. Remember that baby weaning is one of those natural changes that occur as your baby grows and develops.