Your baby now may have a few teeth, and can
start eating larger pieces of different kinds of foods.
This is the task we are happily performing
by telling you how to make food attractive, appealing and acceptable to your little
darling. You are invited to send in your experiences about weaning foods and practices
helping other mothers like you.
OF WEANING FOODS
What are the desirable qualities of Additional (Weaning)
Breast milk is the only
"standard" food for the infant. At the onset, with the infant still
predominantly breast-fed, weaning foods are used as an additional source of energy as well
as to satisfy the increasing requirements for all essential nutrients. Particular
attention should be paid to proteins, iron, vitamin A and C, as these are frequently found
to be deficient in the diet of young infants.
Keep in mind that you are feeding an infant
with a small stomach capacity that has been used to liquid/semisolid diet only.
Desirable Qualities of Weaning (Additional)
- Should have high energy content
- Should be easy to digest
- Should be semi-solid to mashed in consistency
- Should not be too thick
- Should be fresh and clean
- Should not be expensive and should be easy to prepare
Stomach capacity has never been given
much importance while telling a mother how to feed her baby. This results in mothers
either force feeding or getting unnecessarily worried about baby not taking enough.
The stomach capacity (9 12 months):
190 260 ml (38 52 tsp.)
We offer few guidelines to help you wean
your darling child better:
What points should be considered
while feeding weaning foods?
- Introduce only one food at a time to permit the infant to
get used to it.
- Allow the infant to become familiar with the food before
trying to give another.
- Give very small amounts of any new food at the beginning,
- If, after several trials, that baby has an acute dislike for
a food, omit that item for a week or two and then try again. If the dislike persists it is
better to forget about the food for a while and substitute another.
- Food should be only slightly seasoned.
- Child should be encouraged to try new flavors.
- Infants may object to taking some foods by themselves but
will take them willingly if when one mixed with another, e.g. egg may be mixed with
formula, cereal or vegetable. Vegetables may sometimes be made accustomed to the new
- Variety in choice of foods is important.
- The mother or anyone feeding the infant must be careful to
avoid showing in any way a dislike for a food that is being given.
- A babys appetite varies a lot from meal to meal and
day to day. During hot weather suffering from cold the childs appetite may be less.
- The quantity of each feed should be increased as the number
Supplementary feeding at 9 months:
- At least 3 meals and 2 snacks per day
- Progression of foods from minced to finely chopped
- Breast milk intake at least 600 ml daily.
- Cows milk is not recommended as main milk diet before
- Maintain breastfeeds throughout 1st year.
- Include energy dense foods -- nuts (ground), butter
- Give iron rich foods daily and a fruit serving for better
Avoid tea, wheat with iron sources as it interferes with
the iron absorption.
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