It is always a tough decision for mothers to transition their babies to solid foods. Whether you are a new parent or a seasons parent, starting solids can be confusing. Things do not always as expected and when this happens, it can be hard to navigate the mixed advice, especially when combined with the vulnerability of being a parent.
Generally, babies require more nutrients like iron, zinc and protein after six months. Ideally, it is suggested to start the transition around that six months period. However, as crucial as the timing is for the transition, the method is also important and this article talks about the important do’s and don’ts when it comes to that.
- Continue to breastfeed as long as you and your baby are both happy to do so. If you are trying to wean, slowly is best.
- When providing solid foods, modify the texture of foods according to your baby’s ability.
- Offer high-iron foods as first foods such as pureed meat or iron-fortified cereals and continue to offer these daily.
- If you feel uncomfortable with advice you are given, get a second – or third – opinion.
- Rapidly try to wean because of poor weight gain. Breastmilk and formula are both quite high in energy and nutrients and it is unlikely that your baby will meet the energy required to grow by swapping from milk to solid foods. Instead, seek help to increase your breastmilk supply from a IBCLC or Breastfeeding Helpline, or see a dietitian to assist with formula.
- Make baby formula differently from the instructions without the recommendation of a health professional.
- Introduce solids before your baby can sit up unassisted, reach out and has stopped reflexively thrusting out her tongue.
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