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Keep Your Baby Healthy Post Weaning
May 2019
Ms. Vismitha Yeshwanth

Keep Your Baby Healthy Post Weaning ​

There is a lot of conflicting information when it comes to weaning babies off breastfeeding and getting them used to eating solid foods. Here’s an interesting read to everything you need to know about how and when to wean your baby.

Readiness Of Weaning
Many people rush to wean their infant. Although it’s a common myth that delaying can lead to slower growth, it couldn’t be further from the truth. A child below the age of 4 months lacks adequate secretion of digestive enzymes. They possess an immature gut which limits the food they can digest and absorb.

The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that infants should be exclusively breastfed until 6 months of age. Post 6 months, the mother can start weaning the baby from breast milk.

Every child achieves physical milestones at different ages. The same applies to the readiness of weaning.

Signs Of Readiness
Observe, assess and feed when

• They can sit up well with no additional support.

• They gain the ability to munch and move the food backwards using the tongue

• Coordinate their hands to guide foods to the mouth