Re: Can a ten-month-old show signs of self weaning?
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What are your goals, with respect to weaning? Are you looking to be done shortly after your baby turns a year old, or would you like to continue to nurse beyond that point?
At this point, you shouldn't be doing anything to advance the weaning process other than allowing your baby to experiment with solids. Breastmilk is supposed to make up the majority of a baby's diet until she reaches her first birthday, with solids complementing but not replacing breastmilk in the baby's diet. Since your baby is decreasing her milk intake at daycare, I would actually ask the baby's caregivers to be more proactive about offering the bottle first, and solids only after baby has had a chance to drink her milk. Breastmilk is the healthiest, most balanced, most immunoprotective food your baby will ever eat, and you want her to consume as much of it as possible for as long as possible, particularly during her first year of extremely rapid mental and physical development.
I would also encourage you to be more proactive about offering the breast when you're with baby. A lot of babies go on nursing strikes in the later stages of the first year, and those nursing strikes can turn into self-weaning. It sounds like your baby is very happy to nurse when she's with you, and that's great!
Don't worry about your baby's dislike of the spoon. A lot of babies hate being spoon-fed, especially by mom, who has something much better to offer than puréed squash. My first kid would bat the spoon, sending purée flying, whenever I brought it near her mouth. There are probably still splatters on the wall. At 10 months, I bet your child has a well-developed pincer grasp, so you could just allow her to self-feed when she's with you. Self-feeding allows baby to control the speed and amount of her intake, and it means no struggles with pursed lips. Until a year, solids are just for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills, so it doesn't matter if the baby actually eats her solids or just plays with them.
Good food for self-feeding babies:
- O-shaped cereal pieces
- whole peeled apples (good for babies to lick and taste)
- steamed, mashed vegetables or mashed soft fruits
- soft shredded meats
- lightly mashed legumes (black beans, green peas)
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