When you start to give your baby milk / baby food other than breast milk, it’s called weaning. Most parents consider weaning to mean completely stopping breastfeeding. When it is time to wean, it’s better to do it gradually rather than all of a sudden. And while there is no right or wrong age to wean, it’s best to continue breastfeeding until your baby is at least six months old. Prolonged breastfeeding, whenever possible, is good for your baby.
When Should I Wean My Baby?
Weaning is a natural stage in your baby’s development. Still, many mothers have mixed emotions. It’s normal to feel excited at the new independence you can both enjoy, as well as some sadness as your baby moves to another stage in her life. It depends on you and your baby to decide when is the right timing.
World Health Organization recommend exclusive breastfeeding for your infant’s first six months of life. Breast milk contains the optimum nutrition your infant needs for growth and development. It contains antibodies that can protect your child from illnesses.
After six months of age, infants should receive age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
Types Of Baby Formula
There is no BEST baby formula for your children but the most suitable baby formula. There’s a wide range of brands and types of formula available in pharmacies and shops. Always check labels carefully to make sure you’re buying a suitable milk for your baby.
Keep in mind that some babies or kids might have an allergy to certain formula or ingredient, this is a very serious topic to find out before you decide which formula to purchase for your children. We’ve talked about food allergy in another article, you might want to read thru to have a better understanding.
There are 4 main types of formula you can find in the market:
1) Cow’s milk-based formula
2) Goat’s milk-based formula
3) Soy-based formula
4) Grains / Rice-based formula
Your doctor might recommend babies drink that one made from cow’s milk, which most of the baby formula available today are made from that. Still, you will need to find out if your baby has cow’s milk allergy before you go for it. Besides the cow’s milk, some babies might allergy to goat’s milk based formula or a soy-based formula. Some formulas have prebiotics, which are carbs that help the good bacteria stay and grow in your baby’s gut. Ask your doctor what your baby needs.
3 Simple Ways To Choose Baby Milk
- Paediatrician’s Advice
- Parents are encouraged to ask questions and seek advice from your paediatrician, don’t be afraid to ask any dumb question. Because what you’ve heard and learned from the internet may not work for your child, every child is different. If you don’t know the answer, you need to ask.
- Conduct an Allergy Test (If Necessary)
- If your baby has adverse reactions to certain food or formula and you’re not completely sure which food caused it, then it’s very important to conduct an allergy test for your baby safety.
- Understand The Formula Base
- Once you found out what is your child allergy to, the risk of buying the wrong formula will be reduced. You can always refer to the label on the product or you can directly query the related customer service.
What is Plant-Based Formula?
Plant-based formula are lactose and cow’s milk free. It is safe and as nutritious as cow’s milk formula. Studies have showed that other grain-based formulas like the rice-based ones are promising in children with cow’s milk allergy. Grain-based formulas could be an alternative for children who allergy to cow’s milk or soy.