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Session 2 - Weaning Support

If your baby is born early you might be wondering when to introduce weaning foods.

Occasionally you might be advised by a health professional who knows your baby to introduce solids early. Health professionals may talk with you about starting solids either between 5 and 8 months from their actual birthday or from 4 months of their due date, every baby is a little different.

Government guidelines recommend term infants should not be weaned before 6 months of age. Premature babies are not included in this guideline. This is because they may have missed out on some nourishment that occurs in the womb during the last trimester of pregnancy. Some preterm babies will need extra nourishment to help them catch up.

It might take early babies a little longer than term babies, to get used to solid foods. This is fine – there is no rush, take your time and enjoy it.

If you have any questions or worries you can give us a call on Just One Number to talk to a health professional.

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Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

The Hamlet Centre provides nurture groups for babies and families who have spent time on the Neonatal Unit. They cover a range of topics that will be useful to you like weaning and baby massage as well as giving you the chance to talk with other families who have had a similar experience to you. Find out more *here*.

Early Childhood and Family Service is there for all Norfolk families with children under 5. Click the link below to find out more.

'All Things NICU Norfolk' Facebook group - A support group for anyone connected to NICU, including parents and professionals. The group shares information about development and promotes local groups and fundraising. *Click here* to join the group.

The Patient Activation Measure (PAM) Health Questionnaire will help you to think about your knowledge, skills and confidence in understanding and supporting your baby or child’s health. The results of this can help us, to support you, in setting goals and priorities in a way that is right for you and your family. On completion of the questions you will be signposted to some self care resources which are tailored to your responses. This will help you to take steps to improve your family's health and wellbeing. *Click Here* to find out more. 


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