Top advice for weaning onto solid foods
1. Breast pads
During the weaning process it is likely your breasts will become engorged. Even if you haven't experienced leaking for some time, it may start again.
While you are weaning, check your breasts regualrly for lumps. Try massaging the lumps or expressing a small amount of milk to reduce the lumpiness. If any lump is persistent or painful, see your doctor.
extra cuddles and spending a lot of time with your baby during the weaning process can help them feel secure and loved.
4. Don't forget you!
It’s quite common to feel a bit down after your last breastfeed, even if you were looking forward to weaning. So be sure to nurture yourself as well as your baby during weaning.
5. Don’t disappear
Wean gradually and not by desertion (such as going on holiday without your baby).
6. Keep up the milk
When weaning onto solids, it’s recommended that your child continue to have three or four breast or formula milk drinks per day, or if over 12-months-old, a full cream dairy equivalent.
7. Offer solid foods at milk feeding intervals
When weaning on to solids, offer them between milk feeds, when your baby is neither too hungry nor too full.
8. It’s all about texture
A baby’s first taste of solids should be smooth in texture and the spoon should be small, shallow and soft.
9. Keep first food bland
Babies are born with around three times as many tastebuds as adults, which means there’s no need to add salt or sugar to their first solid foods.
10. Storing baby food
Always store prepared baby food in covered containers at the back of the fridge. Never store formula in the door, as it will be difficult to keep it at the required temperature to keep bacteria at bay.