Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Cindy | 2011/11/16


Feeding help

Hi there
Doctors tel me to feed my baby this and that but they never specify quantity. I was just wondering, at the 5 month mark, how much of the following should I feed per day:
cereal (2 meals) = ??? teaspoons each
pureed fruit / veggies = ??? teaspoons of pureed food
milk formula = ??? ml per day

If I am feeding her cereal twice a day with one meal of pureed foods, should her consumption of milk decrease?
She is eating 5 milk meals per day. 2 of which include cereal and the pureed fruit is given once a day between two of her meals. Also, she seems like she is still hungry after eating a quarter of mashed bananas. I just do NOT want to overfeed her. Hence, I''m looking for guidelines as to how much she should consume.

Thank you very much

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Posted by: Purple | 2011/11/17

The world health organisation recommends starting solids around the middle of the first year when your baby can grab food and swallow soft foods like gem squash and avo and banana. At that point you can start mashing foods and giving to baby with a spoon. This research has not only been done in poverty stricken areas, it has included babies in affluent areas too.

Babies have a tongue thrust reflex which fades around the middle of the first year, at the time that enzymes other than lactase start appearing in the gut - so that food other than milk can be digested.
Also, if you start this way, your baby won''t reject food based on its texture.

IF you are giving pureed foods to bypass this safety feature, it can affect things like how well your baby absorbs iron, kidney function and all sorts of other things such as obesity. (sorry, I''m not a medical person, so that is about the limit of my understanding)

If you start solids too soon, baby will be taking less milk, and for the first year of life, m ilk is the most important part of baby''s diet. Solids gradually take on more prominence till at a year they are the more important part of the diet.

Remember also that baby cereals were developed after the world wars, when there wasn''t much fresh food available, so something had to be done to combat malnutrition. In poverty stricken areas, rice cereals are still a good option for feeding babies, but if you have access to fresh fruit and veg (or even frozen), then rather feed that - its much more nutritious.

When babies start on solids, generally one meal a day is fine and they start on just about one teaspoon full. When they turn their heads away or push out with their tongue, they have had enough. Don''t cajole them into eating more.
Remember that in the beginning they are just tasting.

It is normal for weight to plateau at around 4 months and then babies have a growth spurt, they have another at six months again.

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