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How to prepare for weaning

As last week, 6-12th May was National Weaning Week, we take this opportunity to have a look at ways to prepare for weaning and the different approaches you can take.
The World Health Organisation recommend exclusively breastfeeding your baby for the first 6 months and the UK Health Minister supports this view. If you can’t breastfeed or choose to use formula milk to feed your baby, then this too is advised exclusively with weaning recommended from 6 months.

Why wait until 6 months?

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Breastfeeding

This month we have celebrated World Breastfeeding Week which aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding across the world. In the UK, the NHS recommend that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of their lives, as in line with the World Health Organisation(WHO).

The benefits of breastfeeding:

There are a number of benefits to breastfeeding your baby, including:

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Weaning

For the first 6 months of your baby’s life they will exclusively rely on breast or formula milk. This milk offers your baby vital nutrients and vitamins to help them develop and grow and provides more energy than solids can in those first vital months, which is why it is recommended not too introduce solids until 6 months old. Once your baby reaches this 6-month milestone, you can start to introduce food. Here we look at three different methods of weaning:

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Let's Talk About Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can help you build a strong bond with your little one. Your milk contains the perfect balance of nutrients and is the only natural food designed for your baby.

But as natural as it is, breastfeeding isn’t always the easiest thing to get the hang of! Doing some reading up before the birth should help, and then don’t forget your midwife and health visitor will be on hand to answer any queries, or try to overcome any issues you may have.

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