In How on 30 October 2014 at 5:24 am
“What do you think of baby-led weaning?”
I was calmly chopping vegetables with Radhika, a friend and member of Ask Amma today when she asked me this question. What is baby-led weaning? I thought.
“What are the possible thoughts about this?” I asked.
“I mean, should you purée the food? What about the baby food they sell in the store?”
Hmm … As someone who never bought baby food from the store, and who did not purée food that is not normally puréed, I had to take a few steps back to answer this question. Read the rest of this entry »
In How on 15 November 2014 at 8:00 pm
My baby wakes up 10 times at night, nursing even when she is not hungry. How can I peacefully help her sleep at night?
Mother of a 10 month old in Chandigarh
As they say with every phase of breastfeeding, این نیز بگذرد, or “this too shall pass.”
Often it is just when we have figured out how to handle a given situation that it passes, leaving us wondering if it would have passed anyway or our efforts made any difference at all. Sometimes what we thought was a problem was actually a solution to some other problem we did not recognize. Once solved, it passes. Read the rest of this entry »
In How on 13 September 2014 at 1:12 pm
When do babies double their birth weight?
I’ve heard this question so often these days, yet it was not a topic that came up regularly when I was a new mother. When in doubt, blame the internet. Sure, we had plenty internet in 2003 but we didn’t have such ready means of comparing baby weights and collecting ever more factoids over which we could check our status and see how well we were or weren’t keeping up with the Joneses.
So, compared to the new mothers of today who give their babies age in weeks and continue giving the age to the tenth decimal place, I actually don’t know exactly when my daughter doubled her birth weight but I can say it was between the age of 7 and 8 months.
Babies on the upper berth. It is unclear whether they have doubled their birth weight. But they are enjoying the train!
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In Yes / No on 19 September 2013 at 4:00 pm
Is animal milk (cow or buffalo) essential for a child’s growth?
– Mamma of 2-year old from Hyderabad
Well, of course it depends on whose child it is! I am sure the zebra, elephant, deer and cow below would each tell you with full confidence that her milk was essential for her child’s growth!
Baby Zebra Nursing
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In How on 23 July 2013 at 4:12 am
How often do we hear that children won’t eat? No one loves this message more than the food industry, which is ready to jump in with factory-tested flavours and bliss points, adding salt, fat and sugar, flavor, color and stabilizer in indsutrially calibrated quantities to design foods that hold mass appeal. “Kids today don’t eat food!” declares an advertisement for a popular packaged meal. On the screen we see a child pushing away a plate of vegetables, dal and roti and brightening up considerably when the packaged bliss comes forth in steaming digitally enhanced ringlets.
How often have we seen parents or grandparents run behind a child with a bowl of food or hire someone to perform this task? Read the rest of this entry »
In How on 27 June 2013 at 8:00 pm
Today’s India Together article “The Obesity Epidemic: Are Parents to Blame?” raises the question of how parents can encourage good eating habits.
While the article raises useful points, it unfortunately retains a top-down approach of parents dictating to children or experts dictating to parents. This will not work. What will work is for parents to trust their children from birth. They neither need to tell their children to eat nor tell them not to eat.
The article touches on the importance of breastfeeding, starting with exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, but does not recognize the full scope of breastfeeding to help nurture good eating habits. Read the rest of this entry »
In When on 27 October 2011 at 3:48 am
How often does your 3-year-old nurse? My son is 2.5 right now and still nurses ALL THE TIME! At times it is hard – he asks at a most inopportune time and then screams if I say "not now." I don’t want him weaned, I just don’t want him nursing constantly.
This question came up in Mothering, a forum that has helped me consistently. I was so grateful to be nursing when my daughter was 3 because we went through a series of illnesses at that age, as noted in my weaning story (see Announcements below). Just the other day my neighbour in Mumbai confided to me, almost shyly, that she nursed her daughter till age three-and-a-half. Our kids are only 6 months apart, we were both nursing three-year olds in the same neighbourhood, and did not even know it at the time! While chatting with her I learned that her mother and grandmother had set the example for her unrestricted nursing. Hurray for families supporting breastfeeding!