Informative questions for infant nutrition
- Does anyone know what is the purpose of colostrum?
- Till what age infant should be breastfed?
- What kind of Vitamins are included in mother’s milk?
Proper Infant Nutrition Protects against Diseases
First six months breastfeeding protects infants from diseases such as respiratory, urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal infections and constipation, childhood cancer, sudden infant death syndrome, asthma, and eczema.
According to BDA
British Dietetic Association recommends weaning occurs before six months but not before 17 weeks.
Few Infant Nutrition should Avoid
All foods are not suitable for infants and should be restricted while given to infants.
- Provide pasteurized milk as the main milk drink after one year.
- Honey should be avoided up to 1 year because it contains botulinum bacteria.
- There is no need to give any supplements up to 6 months.
- Sweet foods and drinks fully avoid because of dental decay.
Right Time to Start Solid Nutrition for Infants
Time is a crucial factor for an infant during the introduction of solid foods. Sometimes babies are interested in eating before six months it doesn’t mean parents straight away start feeding them with solid foods. If parents decide to start weaning before six months, they must plan gradually to give foods such as fruits, vegetables, rice, and potatoes.
Indications from Baby
Babies are ready for solid food when they start doing these acts
- Coordinates his eyes, hands, and mouth.
- He can hold his head
- Able to move
Weaning from Six Months
Parents can give those foods, which contain more iron from the age of six months. First foods can be given 2 or 3 times a day, and foods choices are thick purees and mashed textures.
Second Food from Six Months
- Parents can introduce second foods such as soft cooked meat like chicken, mashed fish, pasta, noodles, toast, rice and mashed hard boiled eggs after weaning from six months.
- Custard and yogurt can be given.
- Sips of water can offer.
- Babies can have a mixture of the finger and mashed foods alongside breast or formula milk.
Common Feeding Problems
Feeding bottles and delay in weaning can have harmful impacts on babies health such as
- Baby can refuse to some other foods because of excessive breastfeeding and not introduce foods on time.
- Anemia which occurs due to lack of iron especially if the child only depends on milk and avoid mixed foods.
- Baby can face obesity if bottles are filled with sugary drinks.
- Risk of choking
Mother’s Duty Regarding Infant Nutrition
Hence, it is a mother responsibility to breastfeeding her baby up to proper period because there exist lots of benefits in mother’s milk. If an infant nutrition is not up to the standard, it will suffer health problems in its later life.