How to begin your weaning journey
Weaning, or introducing your baby to their first solid foods, can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Although they may not swallow much
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When to wean your baby
The HSE recommends weaning should start from around six months of age. Before this, your baby's digestive system is still developing, and introducing solids too soon may increase their risk of infections and allergies. From a practical perspective, weaning is easier from around six months, due to your baby's increased level of coordination.
Starting solids is a major stage in your baby’s development, and there’s a lot for them to learn. So it is important to let your baby lead the way and wait until they show signs that they are ready for weaning.
Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a varied, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. Always consult your healthcare professional for advice about feeding your baby.
Questions about feeding and nutrition?
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