How to pass from breastfeeding to the first meals and how to start weaning which marks a fundamental step in life
How to go from breastfeeding to the first meals
As loving and wonderful as it is, at some point both we and our baby will need to give up the practice ofbreastfeeding! The weaning, that is the moment in which the child is educated to drink from the bottle and then to take the first baby food, marks a fundamental passage in life. Symbolically it represents the completion of that rupture started with the cut of the umbilical cord. The child is totally emancipated from the mother, becoming independent on nutrition, the first foundation of his survival. Here you are how to go from breastfeeding to the first meals.
For mothers who have milk it is advisable to wean only after six months. The first precaution to keep in mind is the gradualness with which all the operations must be carried out.
We will start with the‘alternate the bottle with the breast, increasing artificial feedings day by day. The baby will not notice the replacement of breastfeeds and will begin to feel the teat as natural. Gradually our son will be completely weaned.
If, on the other hand, it should have more difficulty getting used to it, you can try to change the context in which breastfeeding takes place. Changing the lights or the environment can help the baby to accept a new behavior.
Some babies have a sort of self-weaning, they refuse the mother’s breast showing preference for the bottle, in this case consult the pediatrician and act accordingly. The decrease in breast feedings reduces the stimuli to the mammary gland, however it happens that the production of milk does not stop.
In this case it is advisable to evaluate with your doctor which remedy to resort to stop milk formation.
With the first baby food, however, the child will start a journey of discovery, he will find himself in contact with new objects and flavors never tasted. His faces, his gestures give mothers moments of great fun, and some stains on rompers and the floor.
Generally the first baby food they can be administered when the baby is able to sit alone so that you can place him on the high chair in any case a consultation with the pediatrician will be a must before starting to administer them.
To sweeten the familiarization of the baby with the baby food, it is advisable to select appropriate tools for him such as bowls and spoons of unbreakable plastic.
The child’s first approach will be to touch and experiment with objects, just as he will do with food. Gradually the child will understand and communicate his preferences to us too, he will manifest tastes and develop ways of doing things. Don’t be surprised if you see it spread the baby food on the face or put the bowl on your head!
For him this is a completely new moment, he is in contact with forms he has never seen before and he must understand what to do with them.
Show him how to eat e stress when he does something right it will help him to learn, as for the inevitable chaos that the meal will generate, you can take small precautions.
Undress the baby completely if it is summer, or leave him with the bodysuit, spread a mat under the high chair and fill the plates with small amounts of food. Let the baby get dirty and experiment but make sure he eats enough. It will gradually acquire more and more autonomy and reduce damage. Have fun with him and always make sure that food and utensils are the most suitable.
If the child refuses to eat, try to stimulate him by associating the moment of the meal with a game that you will play together, encourage him but first make sure that the reasons for the refusal are not other. Growing up he will taste more and more dishes until he becomes a diner at your height.
Try to make the meal time always serene so that it always enjoys eating, a right relationship with food is learned as a child.
The first baby food is prepared using the famous vegetable broth. What is the recipe? Here are the ingredients:
Wash all the vegetables and peel them, at this point immerse them in a liter of water and put them to boil. The broth will have to boil for about an hour and you will not have to add salt. At the end filter and use the broth to dissolve the flour by adding the homogenized meat, fish or cheese.