• Louise Ross S.N.M.

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    • Louise Ross S.N.M., received her B.A. in history from UCLA in 1961 and worked as a caseworker for welfare and as a volunteer English teacher in Vietnam before entering nursing. She received her B.S. in nursing from the University of Portland in 1977 and worked as a staff nurse in all areas of maternity nursing at Woodland Park Hospital in Portland, OR. At present she is a second year graduate student working on a master's degree in maternity nursing–nurse-midwifery at Columbia University. She is married and the mother of four children. Mrs. Ross is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Delta Epsilon Sigma honor societies and ACNM.


Weaning is the time when food other than milk is successfully introduced into an infant's diet. The age at which babies are weaned varies according to customs around the world. Problems of early and late weaning are discussed. The age of 4–6 months is the optimal time to wean an infant.