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Breastfeeding 6 Months

Beginning to Breastfeed 

Giving birth is just the beginning of a beautiful journey with your little one. There will be quite a number of milestones that you will notice, especially in the first year of their life. Babies are born with the ability to suckle right from the beginning. Most experts recommend breastfeeding 6 months exclusively. This means that your baby will not be feeding on any other things besides breast milk. Eventually, when solid foods have been introduced, the recommendation is to keep breastfeeding at least for the first year.

As far as the frequency of breastfeeding your baby, it will vary from child to child. There are some who feed every 2 hours and others may last up to 3-4 hours before the next meal. When the baby gets to 6 months, the breastfeeding cycle will change and they may feed every 5 hours. There are a lot of benefits that have been associated with exclusive breastfeeding 6 months. Your baby will be protected from allergies, autoimmune diseases, and respiratory problems.

Breastfeeding 6 Months

Studies show that breast milk has all the necessary nutrients that will promote healthy and normal development of the baby. In the first six months of the baby’s life, breast milk is the only food that they would know. Weaning comes at a later stage and it is advisable to transition to solid foods by first introducing baby formula. Always speak to an expert and learn the numerous benefits of breastfeeding your baby exclusively for the first 6 months of their lives.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding for 6 months may appear like a short and insignificant time. However, the very first days of breastfeeding your baby gets them all the nourishment that they need.  Colostrum is produced by your breasts in the first days of breastfeeding and this will help in the solid development of the baby’s immune system. 

Most babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first six months do not suffer from the common childhood diseases. As such, even with the temptation to start weaning early, you should make every effort to lactate your baby for the longest time possible.

When to Stop Breastfeeding

There are instances where breastfeeding 6 months exclusively may not be possible and weaning has to commence. For instance, when you have to return to work, studies, or other obligations, you may not be able to breastfeed your baby as you would wish. At this point, the easiest thing to do is a transition to infant formula and purees. If your baby is not 6 months old yet, the best option would be to express your breast milk and have it given in a bottle.

Final Words

The ideal situation, which every mom should strive to achieve, is exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months. However, if this is not possible, look for healthy ways to wean your child and ensure that they are well-nourished. Always talk to lactation experts or your pediatrician for professional advice.

Sources:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/recommendations/handling_breastmilk.htm
  2. https://www.elitebaby.us/blogs/news/breastfeeding-meal-plan?_pos=29&_sid=640830724&_ss=r
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Breastfeeding to Formula

Is It Time To Stop Breastfeeding?

It is usual for any mother to want to breastfeed their newborn. However, by the time your baby celebrates his/her 1st birthday, you may feel the need to supplement or completely stop breastfeeding. There are many reasons why moms have to make the big switch from breastfeeding to formula. However, the transition does not need to be a complicated matter, and we want to look at some of the best ways to make the switch.

Breastfeeding to Formula

When to Switch to Infant Formula

Most medical experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. While this would be the ideal situation, it is not possible in most cases, and the baby formula has to be introduced earlier than six months. There are so many reasons why moms may have to move from breastfeeding to formula sooner than they would love to. Besides the demands of life, you may realize that your baby is not getting enough to keep them full and thus the need to supplement the breast milk with baby formula.

When the time comes, you need to be sure that you are making the change correctly. As a mom, you are looking out for your baby’s best interests, and you should not feel guilty about this. If you can feed your baby exclusively for six months on breast milk, that would be good. However, if, like most moms, you have to introduce formula, here is the best way to go about it.

Best Way to Move from Breastfeeding To Formula

If you believe it is time to move from breastfeeding to formula, there are three approaches to the new change.

There are three main methods for introducing your baby to formula.

Partial Weaning:

This is one of the best ways to achieve a smooth transition. In this case, you will continue to breastfeed the baby and also introduce formula as a supplement. Take time to sample several formulas before finding the right one for your baby.

Gradual Weaning:

If you plan to stop breastfeeding in the coming weeks, gradual weaning is the way to go. This means that the baby will continue breastfeeding, with the volumes reducing with each passing day. Eventually, they will be able to move swiftly from breastfeeding to formula altogether.

Switch:

Whereas there are reasons that could force you to stop breastfeeding your baby abruptly and shift them to formula, it is not advisable. In this method, the baby will start taking infant formula the whole time. If you had introduced breast milk in a bottle, the change might be easier to make.

Switching from breastfeeding to formula is not an easy task and may prove to be challenging. You will notice some changes in the baby’s digestion, and they may have some reactions. When making the big switch, it is advisable to consult your doctor to keep the baby safe and healthy at all times. If there are any complications, you should see a pediatrician right away. 

Sources:

  1. https://familydoctor.org/breastfeeding-hints-to-help-you-get-off-to-a-good-start/
  2. https://www.elitebaby.us/blogs/news/best-foods-to-start-with-baby-led-weaning?_pos=7&_sid=cf7ee14fe&_ss=r