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When to wean?

Weaning babies born after 37 weeks

Six months is the recommended age for the introduction of solids into your infant’s diet. Babies rarely need food other than breast milk or infant formula milk before the age of 6 months. Babies who are always hungry may need solids introduced earlier but introducing solids too early (before 17 weeks or 4 completed months of age) is not advised due to:

  • Promotion of excessive weight gain
  • Renal (kidney) and gut function is immature
  • There is increased risk of eczema and food allergies in atopic families (families who have a family history of allergies)
  • Neck and facial muscle control is not sufficiently developed
  • The risk of respiratory disease (breathing difficulties) is increased

Mothers who are unable to, or choose not to, follow these recommendations should be supported/advised on how to optimise their infants' nutrition. If this is the case speak to your health visitor/ babyfeeding supporter.

Weaning babies born before 37 weeks

If your baby was born prematurely (before 37 weeks) then you calculate the 6 months from your babies original expected date of delivery (due date) agreed between you and your midwife or doctor.

 

 

 

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