Weaning - Promoting Healthy Growth and Development
The weaning processThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breast - fed for at least a year and as long after as mother and child desire.1Weaning from breast - or bottle - feeding can be done gradually or abruptly. If you are not breast - feeding and your baby is younger than 12 months of age, use iron - fortified formula. Do not offer your baby cow's milk.1 The iron in cow's
Weaning - Topic Overview
What is weaning?Weaning is the term used to describe the process of switching a baby from:Breast - feeding to bottle - feeding.Breast - or bottle - feeding to a cup.Breast - or bottle - feeding to solid foods.Your baby will go through one or more of these weaning processes. All types of weaning usually work best when they are done gradually. When is the best time to wean my baby?There is no righ
Weaning - Routine Checkups
A well baby checkup is a good time to ask questions about weaning. During this checkup, your baby's health professional will: Compare the baby's current weight, height, and head size with measurements taken at birth to see if the rate of growth is normal. Ask how well the baby is eating and sleeping and whether any problems have developed. ...
Choosing Child Care - Beginning Your Search
Individual child careBabysitters and mother's helpers. Babysitters provide informal, periodic, in - home care for your child, such as when you need to run errands or have planned an evening out. They are usually paid hourly and maintain general household order, but they are not expected to do housekeeping chores. A mother's helper is similar to a babysitter but is someone who watches your child ..
Choosing Child Care - Topic Overview
What is child care?In basic terms, child care is temporary care by someone other than a parent. Child care should offer a healthy, safe, and secure place for children to develop and grow. In the United States, approximately 75% of children younger than 5 are cared for on a regular basis by a person who is not their parent.1The high demand for child care is a reflection of many cultural and ...
Introducing Solid Foods to Your Baby - Topic Overview
Breast milk or formula is the only food babies need for the first 4 to 6 months of life,at which point solid foods can be gradually introduced. Ideally,your baby will be fed only breast milk until 6 months of age. Before you start offering solid foods,talk to your doctor. He or she will want to be certain that your baby is physically and developmentally ready. And although breast-fed ...
Choosing Child Care - Individual Care Providers
Types of individual providers Babysitters and mother's helpers. Babysitters provide informal in-home care for your child,such as when you need to run errands or have planned an evening out. They are usually paid hourly and maintain general household order. But they are not expected to do housekeeping chores. A mother's helper is similar to a babysitter but is someone who watches your child ...
Breast-Feeding: Weaning a Toddler - Topic Overview
You may choose to wait until your child is a toddler (age 1 to 2 years) or older to wean him or her from the breast. You may feel that your toddler is not ready for weaning until later or that you both are not ready. You may want to initiate it or just let your child stop breast-feeding on his or her own (self-wean). One way to let a toddler control his or her own weaning is through the "don't ...
Weaning - What Is Expected
Weaning is a gradual process. It starts when you begin giving solid food to your baby and ends when the child no longer breast - feeds or takes a bottle. This process may last a few months or more than a year.A rough outline of this process is as follows: Your baby begins eating solid foods at 4 to 6 months of age. At this point, introduce cup - feeding to supplement breast - or bottle - feedings
Breast-Feeding: When Baby Doesn't Want to Stop - Topic Overview
Sometimes a mother wants to stop breast-feeding,but her baby shows signs of wanting to continue. If possible,continue breast-feeding a while longer. If this is not possible,the following suggestions may help you: Offer breast milk pumped from your breast,formula,or cow's milk (if your baby is more than 12 months old) in a cup or bottle before you breast-feed or between breast-feedings. ...