Luisa is now almost 10 months old and as you know she was quite slow to start weaning. In my first weaning update I explained how we had decided to let her set the pace and that approach is still working well for us. She is still quite independent and prefers to feed herself but she is happy to be given loaded spoons. Her co-ordination is great so she’s doing really well with finger foods and is now able to feed herself anything with a bit of texture to it.
Luisa is still breastfed and has started to reduce the amount of milk she takes a little bit as she eats more solid food. I expect this trend to continue over the coming months but as ever we’re just going to follow her lead. I’m happy to keep breastfeeding for as long as she wants to.
Starting weaning has certainly being more difficult for me than establishing breastfeeding was. Luisa took to feeding right away despite having an abrupt and early entrance into the world. We were very lucky to never have any problems with her latch. In contrast weaning – whilst fun – was initially quite stressful as I felt a lot of pressure to make sure I got it right for her.
My main concern was that I wasn’t sure how to know if I was providing the right balance of nutrients for her. For me the best thing about being part of the HiPP Organic Wean Team is that I’ve learnt a lot from the guides on their website.
Having a wealth of information has helped to put my mind at ease. One resource I keep referring back to is their Weaning Simplified guide. It has lots of great info about salt, fiber, portion sizes and other important topics.
As Luisas co-ordination has improved I’ve been offering her some of the jars from HiPP Organic which have more texture and a mixture of different flavours. So far her favourite is pasta with tomatoes & mozzarella. I’m looking forward her trying out some of the tray meals soon, especially the vegetable risotto with white fish as there are so many benefits to including fish in your diet from a young age.
As I said above I choose to keep breastfeeding Luisa past 6months but if you’re planning to stop HiPP offer a range of follow on milks designed to complement the weaning diet. They are higher in iron and vitamin D than standard infant formulas which can really be a help if baby is not eating many iron-containing foods and is therefore at greater risk of iron deficiency or becoming vitamin D deficient.
The Department of Health recommends that you breastfeed your baby exclusively for the first six months of their life; at around six months you can start to wean them on to solids and start to combine breastfeeding with bottle feeding. HiPP Organic understands that all babies are different and some mums might want to transfer to bottle feeding earlier than others. HiPP Organic would always advise that you speak to your midwife or health visitor before changing your feeding method. For more information on milks, please visit the HiPP Organic Website http://www.hipp.co.uk/milks-important-notice