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Tips On Transitioning From Breast Milk To Family Food For Your Baby

May 26, 2019 in Baby, Baby Basics, Baby Food, Effective Parenting, Feedingby Dr Sanjay Wazir
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At the pediatric OPD, we are flooded with questions regarding complementary feeding. Mothers and caregivers are always anxious about every new milestone their babies are about to achieve.  Complementary feeding, commonly known as weaning is one such significant milestone, wherein the baby transits from breast milk to family food.

Rice and water
Rice and water

Here are some tips with which you can make this transition as smooth as possible for the baby

1. The best time to introduce food to the baby is when it turns six months old if the baby is exclusively breastfeed and is growing well. However, if the baby is predominantly on formula feed or is not growing well on the breastfeed, it is recommended to start anytime between 4 to 6 months of age.

2. Ensure that the child can sit in an upright position, with or without support before you start with the                   complementary feeding.

Baby Sitting in Upright Position

Baby Sitting in Upright Position

3. Despite getting varied advice from family and relatives regarding starting the baby’s food intake by introducing     dal water or rice water, we suggest you start with dals or khichdi as the former is entirely devoid of           nutrition.

Healthy Ragi porridge
Healthy Ragi porridge

4. Ideally, babies should consume a combination of cereals and proteins.  Few good weaning options are – rice          kheer, dal rice, dal daliya, ragi porridge, vegetable khichdi, idli, egg, roti mashed in dal.

5. The consistency of the food offered should vary from well mashed, finely chopped, to coarse and bigger bites            over the course of complementary feeding. The texture of the diet should not be too thick or too thin.

6. Responsive Feeding Practices should be followed. It suggests that we should follow the hunger cues of the baby.     The baby should be fed when it is hungry, and the feeding should be stopped when it shows signs of being full.         This enables the baby to establish a healthy relationship with food and also nurtures the bond between the baby     and caregiver. Under no circumstances, forced feeding and feeding with distraction should be practiced.

7. Any new food should be offered for 4-5 days continuously for the child to develop taste. A child can take up to       10 -15 exposure to accept a particular food. The aim is to start with 2-3 tsp and gradually build up to 8 – 10 tsp         by the end of one week.

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8. Ideally, a time gap of 4 hours should be maintained so that the baby can easily relish the food offered.

9. Water can be introduced along with food. 4-5 tsp of water can be offered post every solid meal.

10. Any food item that is too hard to be mashed with gums or to be dissolved in the mouth like whole peas, whole         nuts, popcorn should be avoided as they are possible choking hazards. Children under the age of 3 are at           the risk of choking, so the caregiver needs to be careful.

11. It is advised to avoid salt, sugar, honey and cow’s milk till the baby turns one year. However, toned milk        can be used in small quantities to make porridge.

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The main aim of complementary feeding is not to wean off the baby from breast but to introduce complementary foods alongside to maintain the nutritional adequacy of the growing infant which breast milk alone won’t be able to match up to after 6 months. Try to be as patient as you can because it’s a whole new world for your little one and they are trying to adapt as fast and as much as possible.

Baby eating healthy food
Baby eating healthy food

Good luck and help your baby develop a healthy and happy relationship with food! ☺

 

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