Sunday, October 13, 2013

Is it advisable to delay weaning till baby is 8-9 months old since she is happy with her milk diet?

Most babies digestive and immune systems are equipped to handle basic foods from around 17 weeks. It is not advisable to delay weaning longer than 6 months as up until 6 months breast milk and formula will provide essential nutrients like iron. Just as early weaning can cause allergic reactions, a delay in weaning can also cause your baby's immune system to develop an adverse reaction to food. So unless there is a family history of a particular allergy, it is appropriate to introduce small amounts of say, soya, when baby is around 6-8 months old so that her immune system reacts in the right way and not develop an allergic reaction to the said food.

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