8-Month-Old Baby (32 weeks)
Are You Considering Weaning Your 8-Month-Old Baby?The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all babies, with a few rare exceptions, be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life. Beyond that period, breastfeeding should continue with the introduction of solids throughout the second half of the first year.
While the policies and recommendations are clear, you may be considering weaning your infant. This might be because:
- Your baby is so busy he doesn't have time to nurse so he is not getting all the milk he needs. Many babies at this age get distracted while nursing.
- You want to go away on a trip without your baby.
- Your work schedule makes it difficult to continue pumping enough for your baby as his appetite increases.
Whatever the reason for stopping to nurse, it is your reason and your right. Many moms go through the same emotional debate and see their goal of breastfeeding their baby for the entire first year disappear. If you are having a difficult time achieving your breastfeeding goal, take heart -- you are not alone.
If you wean your baby from nursing before the age of one, move her to a formula rather than plain old milk. Formula is fortified with the necessary nutrients that your baby needs for proper growth and development. Also, your baby's digestive tract isn't quite developed enough to handle milk.
If you have any questions about the quality and nutritional value of the available baby formulas, do some research and discuss your options with your baby's healthcare provider.
Helpful Tips for Parents of an 8-Month-Old BabyTry to give your baby a wide variety of foods to try. Sticking to the same items for too long could create an aversion to new and different tastes and textures. Limiting your baby's access to sweet-flavored items can also help to make the greens go down easier.