Hi everyone. My son is 4 months old today and people keep asking me when I'm going to start weaning. Ideally I would like him to be weaned before I go back to work in two months but I just don't know where to start. Please help!
Hey Shellbell. Good to hear from you. Are you getting the sleeping thing sorted now?
I went back to work this week (dd is 5m & 1wk)and so far still exclusively bf. I asked my HV if it really is as important as they say to wait strictly till 6 months before giving solids and she advised that all the research now shows that it is worth waiting. I can't see that a week or two would make much difference but I'm planning on leaving it a few weeks.
As for how to start, baby rice is usually recommended but ds never liked it (tastes like cardboard). Ds really liked root veg (potato, carrot etc) & banana/apple/pear - all of which mushed up finely with a fork should be ok for a 6 month old. You can mix it with your milk/formula if it helps & just give him a tiny bit on a tea spoon & see how he reacts. He'll eventually get the idea of swallowing it and you'll soon know if he wants more.
Re. Advice books - have faith in your instinct as a Mum -you are a book addict
(Although, the odd recipe book never did any harm!)
Ruthie - I'm pretty sure that breast milk is more calorific than first weaning foods anyway so if he's getting hungry & waking earlier then weaning won't necessarily help. It may well be just a growth spurt. I'm not an expert though - have a look in the archives to see if there's anymore on this.
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