MY baby is 20 weeks old, is that considered 5 months. Part of me really doesnt want to start weaning (seems a hassle)but at the same time i am finding he has more milk now and is up a lot more at night. i know all the experts say wean at 6 months now but does it really matter if i start with some baby rice now. my health visitor would rather he had a bottle of formula than food. he has never had a bottle being exclusively breast fed and i really cannot be bothered to go down that road of buying bottles and sterilising. i just feel so frustrated abt it all. What time do you give them food? How much? when do they have 3 meals a day?
it isn't a hassle if you wait until they're 6 months old, they can usually feed themselves at that age so you don't need to buy anything like weaning spoons, bowls, or anything at all, you just hand over fruit, veg, then other foods. have a look at the threads about BLW or google it. the idea is that a baby is ready for solids when they can do it themselves.
weaning at 16 weeks is quite early...and 16 weeks usually signals a growth spurt
there are more calories in a breastfeed than a couple of teaspoons of baby rice or yoghurt
wheezie...stick to breastfeeding, as much as baby wants to feed, the closer to 26 weeks you get, so much the better, milk, milk and more milk is all a 5 month old baby actually needs
http://www.babyledweaning.com is a good option IMO