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Weaning From Breast Feeding

Training the Fussy Eater



As with previous posts this is for all of you New and experienced Mothers as there is always something that might help solve a problem that might arise with your new bundle of joy (maybe at the time not so joyful). As we all know, not everything goes to that well laid out plan.

Again I also suggest that you should get your partner to read this as well, they might find some helpful hints here to help share with you. You do know that all mere males are not useless to have around and offering some help, when able, lol.

Weaning From Breast Feeding  

When your baby has stopped breast feeding and gets all of his nutrition from other sources than the breast, he's actually considered weaned. 

Even though babies are also weaned from the bottle as well, the term weaning often refers to when a baby is stopped from breast feeding.

When weaning is a mother's idea, it normally requires a lot of patience and can take time, depending on the age of your baby or toddler, and also how well your child adjusts.  The overall experience is different for everyone.

Weaning is a long goodbye, sometimes emotional and sometimes painful.  It doesn't however, signal fo the end to the intimacy you and your child have developed during the nursing stage.  What it means, is that you have to replace breast feeding with other types of nourishment. 

Starting weaning

You’re the best judge as to when it's the right time to wean, and you don't really have a deadline unless you and your child are actually ready to wean. 

The recommended time for weaning is one year. 

No matter what relatives, friends, or even complete strangers tell you, there is no right or wrong time for weaning.

How to wean

You should proceed slowly, regardless of what the age of your child may be. 

Experts say that you shouldn't abruptly withhold your breast, as they results can be traumatic. 

You should however, try these methods instead:

  1.  Skip a feeding -

Skip a feeding and see what happens, offering a cup of milk to your baby instead.  As a substitute, you can use a bottle of your own pumped milk, formula, or a cow's milk.  If you reduce feedings one at a time, your child will eventually adjust to the changes.

  2.  Shorten feeding time -

You can start by cutting the length of time your child is actually at the breast.  If the normal feeding time is 5 minutes, try 3.  Depending on the age, follow the feeding with a healthy snack.  Bed time feedings are usually the hardest to wean, as they are normally the last to go.

  3.  Postpone and distract -

You can postpone feedings if you are only feeding a couple of times per day.  This method works great if you have an older child you can actually reason with.  If your child wants the breast, say that you'll feed later then distract him. 

If you've tried everything and weaning doesn't seem to be working at all, maybe the time just isn't right. 

You can wait just a bit longer to see what happens, as your child and you have to determine the right time to wean together.                                                      


The following could be of some help to you! 

Training the Fussy Eater

Toddlers can be fussy eaters, who refuses to try a new food at least half of the time. Approximately half of all toddlers fit this description, so it is no wonder that food issues are a source of stress for parents.

Establishing healthy eating patterns is important to avoid problems such as obesity and eating disorders later in life.

Various strategies can help your child accept a wider range of foods. 

It may be necessary to offer a food to your child as many as 10 different times before they choose to eat it. 

The problem is, many parents get frustrated and give up before the fourth or fifth try.


Try to make foods fun. 

Colourful foods like; carrot sticks, raisins, apples, grapes, cheese sticks and crackers can all be fun and healthy choices for your growing toddler. 

Explain to them that eating good food is important so they'll grow big and strong, and how it will help them run faster and play longer.

Children learn behaviours from their parents.

If you restrict yourself to a narrow range of foods, your child will take notice and mimic your caution.

Don't limit your child's food variety to only those foods you prefer.

It may be that your child's tastes are different to yours, and perhaps you are simply serving them foods they don't happen to like. 

Try to set a good example and try a variety of foods in front of your child. 

It could motivate them to do the same.

If your child seems healthy and energetic, then they are eating enough.

If you are still concerned, keep an eye on how much food they actually eat over the day.

Children tend to graze constantly, rather than restrict their eating to three meals per day like adults.

You may be surprised how those little handfuls and snacks add up.

For further reassurance, check your child's growth and weight charts, or check with your child's paediatrician.

Try not to worry, and remember, that unless a child is ill, they will eat.  

Children are very good at judging their hunger and fullness signals.

Try to stay relaxed about mealtime and offer your child a wide variety of foods, and most importantly, remember to set a good example by trying a wide variety of foods yourself. 

You may discover you and your toddler share a new found favourite food!                                                       


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Crying is a physiological process in the life of a baby.

All normal babies cry to communicate with others. Since they can't express their feelings in words crying is the only way for communication. If any uncomfortable feeling comes they simply cry. Normally babies cry in situations like hunger, wetting, too heat or cold, tight clothes, pain etc. Some kids need the presence of somebody otherwise will cry simply.

Crying without any cause is habitual in some babies. 

Even though crying is considered as normal it may worry the family members.

Since the reasons for crying ranges from simple causes to serious causes it should not be ignored and hence exact cause has to be identified and managed accordingly.


The following are some points which should be considered while dealing with a crying baby.

1, It is dangerous to shake the baby vigorously.

2, Tight clothes can cause irritation hence it should be removed.

3, If the room is hot put the fan on and open the windows.

4, If the nappy is wet remove it and after cleaning the parts make it dry with a soft towel.

5, Pat her back or stroke her head slowly and let her hear your soothing sound.

6, Give breast milk and make her quiet.

7, If the climate is cold cover her in soft towel.

8, Rock her gently in your arms and walk slowly in the room.

9, Take a music making doll and let her listen.

10, Try a pacifier to help her stop thumb sucking.

11, If no response change her position.

12, Walk outdoors with her.

13, Put her on the cradle and rock gently.

14, If no response ask somebody else to carry the baby.


Even after all these steps the baby goes on crying see for the following signs. (Probable cause is given after every sign).

1, Press her abdomen gently, she may twist or resist you:--Colic

2, Pull her ear gently she may become worse or push your hands away:--Earache.

3, Feel her temperature with the back of your hands:--Fever due to an infection.

4, Examine the skin from head to foot:--Eruptive disease, nappy rash, measles, vesicles, allergy etc.

5, See the nose for any discharge:--Coryza.

6, Move the head gently to feel any neck stiffness:--Meningitis, head injury etc.

7, Keep your ear near her chest to hear any rattling sound:--Increased mucus in wind pipes.  (Pneumonia, bronchiomilitis, asthmatic bronchitis etc)

8, Examine the anal orifice:--Anal erosion, rectal polyp, crawling of worms.

9, Examine the genitalia:--Any discharge or erosion.

10, In male baby see the testicles which may be swollen or tender:--Orch tis, torsion of testes.

11, also notice the body movements and see for any convulsions, rigors, vomiting, cough, laboured breathing etc.


If you see the above signs or any other abnormal signs please consult with your doctor for proper treatment as soon as possible.


Thank you for checking out this post and I hope this has been a help to you and yours. 

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Kind regards
Laurie Mills

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