How will I know Ö
Posted by: Sharmila Rajah, 17-Feb-2008
How will I know if my babyís ready to begin weaning. Weaning is a natural process in which solids are introduced.
Experts say itís in the signs.
- Baby starts chewing on fingers before the next feed is due.
- Babyís tongue thrust reflex has diminished.
- Babyís weight levels off
- Baby may show an interest in the food we are eating.
Ayanna is certainly exhibiting the signs.
Breast milk (or formula) though a complete food, providing all the nutrients and energy for baby, is quite dilute, containing a high percentage of water. Solid foods are far more concentrated in terms of nutrients than breast milk. Therefore tiny amounts will satisfy baby.
At this early stage, breast milk continues to be the main food. Weaning is more about social change than nutrition. Itís about babies learning new tastes.