Five to six months old baby

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: INFANY - five to six months | Tags: |

Your baby will enjoy the best of health on a diet formed exclusively of breast milk until she is 4 months old. Once past this age, she will have increased needs for certain nutrients that can no longer be met solely through mother’s milk. During the first 4 months, the mother’s stores of iron will be used up and so there is a need to supplement iron from external sources. Hence, supplementary feeding (feeding in addition to breast milk) will need to be introduced as a part of baby’s diet. This is a transitional stage where your baby’s diet gradually changes from one of breast milk alone to one based on what you and your family eats. This is called WEANING.

As your baby grows older, you may worry about the correct time to introduce your little one to weaning foods. Your baby is the best person to help you out of this dilemma. She will show telltale signs like putting a toy in the mouth or demanding feeds at shorter intervals or be restless during the night. She may also show some interest in other kinds of foods apart from milk

Most pediatrician recommend weaning foods by the end of 4 months. However, let your baby guide you as to when she is ready for these supplementary feeds

The apt age for weaning and introducing such supplementary foods to your baby’s diet is end of the 4th month or beginning of the 5th month. About this age, your baby will begin to show signs of learning new feeding skills. This, may then become the ideal time to acquaint your baby with newer textures and tastes too. Prior to this age, your baby’s delicate digestive system may find it difficult to cope with anything other than milk. Hence, most pediatrician are not in favour of early weaning.

Weaning is not about charts or time. Weaning is about readiness. So, a gradual shift from breast milk to supplementary feeds is always advised.

We have divided weaning into 3 stages, each of which has progressive changes in the diet that will vary with each baby depending on personal preferences, growth and development (teething) and the baby’s ability to adapt.

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