Welcoming to the blog our panel expert Raphaella Rookes! Specialist Peadeatric Dietician and Founder of Latch to Ladle, inspired by her beautiful boy Monty. Raphaella shares with us some fabulous guidance on CMPA - Cows Milk Protein Allergy. Find her here on Facebook
"Here at Latch to Ladle, the question about cow’s milk protein allergy and lactose intolerance is a common one. That’s not surprising really, as cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) is one of the most common childhood food allergies which affects around 7% of babies under 1. 
The good news is that the vast majority of children grow out of it between the ages of 1 and 2, and almost all have outgrown it by the age of 5." 

When to wean? 

Good question! Lots of the advice tends to vary but the general consensus within the UK is to start weaning at six months and not before seventeen weeks. Key signs that you want to look out for that show your baby is ready are as follows: 
1) Your baby is able to stay in a sitting position and hold their neck and head steady. 
2) Your baby has lost their tongue thrust when reaching for objects. 
3) Your baby is able to coordinate their eyes, hands and mouth. For example, they are able to intentionally bring toys to their mouth. 
It is a common myth that signs like showing an interest in food, waking up more at night, chewing their fists and no longer being satisfied with milk feeds are signs that your baby is ready to wean. These are all common developmental stages around the 6 month mark. Instead, keep an eye on the 3 signs above. 

What equipment do I need for weaning? 

Baby spoons and bowls 
Wipe-clean bibs 
Plastic tubs 
Fill n Squeeze Baby Food Maker, reusable freezer safe baby Food Pouches 
Ice-cube trays 
Doidy cup 
Free flow cup 
Multi Vitamins 
Nom Nom Kids Pouches 
What environment is good for weaning? 
In order to make weaning as enjoyable as possible be sure to try and create a calm and peaceful atmosphere avoiding distractions like TVs/ tablets/ phones etc: Try and establish a routine around mealtimes where possible, eat with your little one so they can learn from and copy you – you are their role model after all. Similar to teething, sleeping patterns and growth spurts your little ones appetite and interest in food will change day to day. This can be frustrating but praise the good days and ignore the bad ones – limit mealtimes to a maximum of 15 minutes to help. 
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