- by Dr Gowher Yusuf
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- May 11 2017
Weaning -shifting an infants diet from breast milk and how do I do it
The practice of shifting an infant's diet from breast milk or formula to other foods and fluids is called Weaning. In many cases, picking when to wean is an individual decision. It might be decided by the mother's or newborn’s health, or just a feeling that the time is right or a return to work.
1 Weaning an infant is a slow process. Feeding infants only breast milk for the first 6 months of life is recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). After 6 months, a combination of breast milk and solid foods until the infant is at least 1 year old is recommended by the AAP.
2 The Academy recommends not giving giving cow's milk to children under one year of age.
3 You may have difficulty when to start begin solid foods and deciding how much to feed your child. As reported by the National Library of Medicine, the general guidance below, exhibits the process of weaning for infants up to six months of age.
4 Before attempting to wean your infant, you should speak with your infant's health care contributor to make sure that he or she is ready for weaning and for complete guidance on weaning.
Birth to four months of age
During the first four to six months of life, to meet their nutritional needs, the newborns need only formula or breast milk.
If breastfeeding, a newborn may need to feed eight to twelve times per day. By four months of age an infant may need to nurse only four to six times per day.
By comparison, with newborns consuming about two to three ounces per feeding, formula-fed infants may need to be fed about six to eight times per day. As the infant gets older, similar to breastfeeding the number of feedings will decrease.
Four to Six months of age
At four to six months of age, a little one’s needed to consume twenty eight to forty five ounces of formula or breast milk every day and often is ready to start being introduced to solid food.
Solid food should not be fed to the infant until he or she is physically ready, as starting solid foods too early can be dangerous.
Start (1 or 2 tablespoons) solid feedings stirred to a thin consistency of iron-fortified infant rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula.
You may begin other iron-consolidated direct cereals, once the infant is eating rice cereal regularly.
Only begin with one new cereal every week so that possible allergies or intolerance can be observed.
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