HV invited us to weaning class - UPDATE

Whatever you like, really, knock yourself out... I'm not the boss of you.

Postby TinkerbellesMum » 22 Sep 2007, 19:00

It's better than the excuse of "it's for the starving Africans"!
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Postby AB&M » 22 Sep 2007, 19:01

But they recommend never before 18 weeks don't they?! I don't see the point if weaning early unless they are really keen and certainly most babies wouldn't be that interested at just 16 weeks.

Makes you wonder how these people get to be health visitors!
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Postby Marie77 » 23 Sep 2007, 09:46

As to the when - if you read ten books you get ten different answers!
I decided to go with what I feel is best - got already tuted by my mum for giving Daniel broccoli - and don't care what others think.

If in twenty years time they turn out to be complete nutters then I might consider having been wrong with my parenting, not before :D
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Postby TinkerbellesMum » 24 Sep 2007, 09:21

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Postby Aitch » 24 Sep 2007, 10:45

i'm not sure that's actually true, though, tink. i've looked and looked and i can't find any papers with evidence of actual harm caused by weaning after 4 months. before then, yes, but not after. i think the gist seems to be that milk (particularly BM) is a better food for them, basically, because it meets their nutritional needs better than a carrot puree. in fact i think that this was the basis for the whole Gill Rapley 'pureed food is harmful' mis-quote.

s far as i understand it, and bearing in mind i'm not a scientist, there is some talk of the 'virgin gut' theory/allergies etc so to be on the safe side for the maximum amount of babies (because they don't all develop at exactly the same rate) the WHO has set the 6 month guideline.

anyway, the good thing is that if you subscribe to the the BLW thinking that 'if they can pick it up and eat it, they're ready to pick it up and eat it' and bear in mind that milk is the most important thing for the first year, you don't have to worry about any of this stuff really.

after all, when gill did her wee study the majority of the babies did pick food up and eat it at 6 months anyway, which rather suggests that the guideline is a good one. :bsmile
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Postby TinkerbellesMum » 24 Sep 2007, 10:57

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Postby Louise&Oliver » 26 Sep 2007, 10:01

Just to add my tuppence worth...I have found my HV to be so utterly useless on previous matters that I have no intention whatsoever of going to any kind of weaning talk. I have even stopped getting him weighed, as I just don't see the point. Especially since they have cut down the number of sessions they hold, and you now get about 32 seconds to get your baby undressed and on the scales, then that's it - no discussion, no time to ask questions. So I plan to just do my own sweet thing.
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Postby Marie77 » 26 Sep 2007, 10:05

I have to gove credit to our HV and baby clinic here - they are really nice and take their time and don't mind you asking millions of stupid questions. They just stay a bit on the safe side with their answers I suppose.
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Postby AB&M » 26 Sep 2007, 10:50

Mine is the same. My HV, whilst not actually giving opinions, is really lovely. Always got time for you and a bit mumsy which helped when I had the baby blues at the start. She's also been around for 30 odd years so seen everything going re feeding & weaning so tends to be on the practical advice side rather than this is what you are supposed to do.

I don't see her much now as her clinic is while I'm at work.
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