It is common to worry that your baby isn’t eating enough when they first start weaning. I realised recently that weaning is very similar to what an adult experiences when they change their diet. I have worked with a lot of people in my nutrition practice who want to lose weight or improve a health condition using nutrition. At first, they find it challenging to make changes and switch to a new way of eating.
Imagine how strange it must be for a baby who has only drunk milk for their first six months to suddenly have the new experience of strong tastes and new textures, not to mention swallowing something other than a liquid! Compared to suckling breast or bottled milk, weaning food is not only in a form that needs chewing it is also a whole new experience! Babies often adapt to the novel experience of weaning by mushing food and playing with it before they get round to eating very much of it. This can take days, weeks or even months depending on the individual baby, in the meantime their breast and bottled milks will be sustaining their growth and development.
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