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  • Weaning
    • Getting Started
      • Babies are ready to wean when they...
        • still seem hungry after milk feeds.
        • Demand more milk often
        • Start to wake up again in the night to be fed.
      • Weaning to early can cause...
        • Digestive probelms
        • Allergies
        • Damage to kidneys
        • Excess weight and food refusal in the future.
    • What is Weaning?
      • It is mixed feeding.
      • Gradual induction of babies to foods and the reduction of consumption.
      • Three stages
      • Department of health recommends started at 6 months
      • After 6 months, milk cannot provide the correct amount of iron and other nutrients needed for growth and development.
      • Should be done before 17 weeks
    • Stage 1
      • Offer food once a day in small amounts after a little amount of milk
      • Introduce a variety of tastes
      • Don't give them foods containing gluten
      • Encourage them with smiles and talking.
      • Use sterile equipment
      • Puree or mash foods as lumps can't be swallowed, chewed or digesed
      • Serve at the same temperature as milk
    • Stage 3
      • Babies can eat the same food as family.
        • 3 times a day
        • Mashed or chopped, if not eaten with fingers
      • Give healthy snacks and drinks between meals
        • Small stomachs, but use lots of energy.
        • Often hungry, willing to try new flavours and textures.
      • As food increases, milk decreases until only a bedtime milk is necessary.
        • After 12 months, milk is more a comfort than a feed
        • From 12 months, full fat milk can be given.
    • Stage 2
      • Introduce wheat-based cerals and dairy products
      • Offer some finger foods
      • Use a beaker to offer water to drink
      • Give them a spoon, so they can try to feed themselves.
      • Babies can chew without teeth, therefore foods can be mashed less thoroughly.


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