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Baby Feeding

Baby feeding refers to the process, schedule and items adopted when feeding a baby. As a mother, not only is it essential to have the necessary accessories to ensure your baby gets fed, it is interesting to note that a pattern to feeding the baby might evolve but a feeding schedule should not be forced on a baby. 

Breast-feeding mothers should also be aware that it is important to empty the breasts regularly to prevent them from becoming engorged and stopping the production of milk. Exclusively breast babies have fewer and less infections as infants regardless of the standard of living. This implies that in the early months of a babies life, mothers are advised to breast feed their baby. Breast milk is also easier for babies to digest than cow milk.

Listed below are steps to feeding your baby in year 1:

  1. Start Solids at 4-6 Months: That's the recommended time to introduce solid foods - usually rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula to start. But it's not just about age. Before starting solids, babies should be able to sit up, turn their heads away and make chewing motions. And they should be over the "extrusion reflex" that makes them spit out anything but liquid.
  2. Baby still needs Breast Milk or Formula: Babies typically don't eat a lot of solid foods right away. So think of solids as an addition to your baby's diet, not as a replacement for breast milk or formula. Remember, you are introducing solid foods, not totally changing baby's diet. That will happen gradually.
  3. Why do Most Parents Start with Rice Cereal?:  There is no hard and fast rule about what solid foods you should give your baby first. With a single-grain, iron-fortified infant cereal (such as rice cereal), it may be easier to notice any food allergies than with a cereal made from several grains. You may want to mix it with a formula or breast milk to get a runny consistency at first until your baby gets used to the new texture.
  4. Eating Solids Takes Practice: Being fed by spoon is new to your baby. Up until now, they've only has a liquid diet and they'll need practice to get used to the spoon and to the feel of having solid food in their mouth. So don't expect them to eat a whole lot (maybe a teaspoon or two at a time) when you start. Instead of trying to get them to eat a certain amount, focus on letting them get used to the experience.
  5. Get Started on Fruits and Vegetables, One at a Time: Fruits, vegetables, grains and even pureed meats can all be on the menu for your baby. You may want to introduce them one at a time to see how your baby reacts. If your baby won't eat them at first, try again later. Tell your paediatrician about any possible allergic reactions. Use soft baby food from a jar or soften foods by heating or pureeing them. Put just enough on the spoon for your baby to swallow easily.
  6. Avoid Milk and Honey - for a while: Most paediatricians recommend waiting until after baby's first birthday to start offering cow's milk because some babies may have a hard time digesting it before then. And don't give honey to babies younger than 1 year (some paediatricians say up to 2 years) because of possible botulism risk that a baby's developing immune system cant' fend off.
  7. Stop When Baby's Ready to Stop: Pay attention and your baby will let you know when he or she is done eating. They might swat at the spoon, turn their head away, zip their lips tightly, spit out whatever you put in their mouth or cry. Don't make them eat more than they want. Kids will eat when they're hungry and stop when they're full. Honouring those instincts may help them avoid overreacting now and when they get older.
  8. Got a Fussy Eater? Don't Fret: Just because your baby doesn't immediately like a new food doesn't mean he never will. Wait a few days and try again. It may take your child more than a couple of times before giving a new food a chance. Remember, you're a role model so your baby ma be interested in foods they see you eating and enjoying. But again, don't force your child to eat and don't make a big deal about new foods.
  9. Things Won't be Tidy. That's OK: As your baby grows, he'll try to feed himself. Chances are, a good bit of food is heading for their face, hair, bib, clothes or high chair tray (not to mention you or any surfaces within flinging range). Learning to eat solid food is a full-body, tactile experience for your baby. Put a mat underneath baby's high chair to catch some of the mess, dress accordingly and be patient. This phase won't last forever.
  10. Try Finger Food When Baby's Ready: Around 9 months or so, your baby will be able to pick up small pieces of soft table food to eat. You'll still need to spoon-feed for a while and continue formula or breast milk. Some great finger foods include ripe banana pieces, cooked chunks of carrots, cottage cheese, well-cooked pasta, dry cereal and scrambled eggs. Avoid choking hazards like hard candy, chips, raw vegetables, grapes or rasins, hard cheese and whole hot dogs.

At Medplus, we are aware of your babies feeding needs and have in stock products that would ensure your baby gets the best feeding experience as well as enable them properly evolve from breast milk to whole meals. The products can be ordered, picked at any of our stores or delivered to any location of your choice.