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Supplemental feeding is a phrase a breastfeeding mom hears more and more often as her baby is growing

Supplemental feeding
is a phrase a
breastfeeding mom hears more and more often as her baby is growing. Everything
starts from granny, who recommends feeding a baby with juices, and since 4
months - cotton cheese, and continues in a polyclinic, where a nurse advises
giving a baby grated vegetables. After a young mom grated 2 carrots and 1
marrow solemnly, seated a baby in a new apron and stretched a spoon towards his
mouth, quite often spoon contents flies down to the floor at once, a baby spits
as if you offered some poison to him, and mother feels she`s an absolutely clumsy
person. Well, a neighbor`s baby is just 1 month senior your one, and he already
gobbles apple sauce with such great appetite!


Let`s examine everything concerning supplemental feeding. Firstly, time
of supplemental feeding is flake. There`re children, who are ready for
supplemental feeding being already 5,5 months old, and there`re also ones, who
start producing ferments, necessary to digest solids, being only 1 year old.
Well, how can you know whether your baby
is ready for supplemental feeding?


    recommend refraining from supplemental feeding up to 6 months. Until this
    age a baby should eat only breast milk (or formula). WHO considers
    maternal milk provides a baby with everything that is necessary for his
    correct development until 1 year. In other words, you should start
    supplemental feeding somewhere between 6 and 12 months.

    A baby will
    show you that he`s ready for adult food by himself: he will start sitting
    (with support), and stretching for your plate or glass with clear
    intention to try something.

    Presence of
    teeth, ability to keep solid food in mouth and swallow it and heightened
    are additional signs.
When your baby is undoubtedly ready to receive “adult” food, you should
decide what to give him. Conventional method of supplemental feeding recommends
adding only one sort of food every week, starting from boiled vegetables, then
porridges, chicken, and then switching to fruits. Juices are not recommended:
they contain lot of sugar and teach baby nothing new. Problem with this method
is its laboriousness for a mother and too slow baby education (who sometimes
does not wish eating grated boiled carrot for the whole week and loses interest
to such thing, sometimes for a long).
There`s also other method, called
“pedagogic supplemental feeding”. This means a baby is given to try all food
served for adult table, firstly with “microscopic” doses of rice seed size, and
portions are increased little by little. However, doctors do not recommend
giving babies some food, which are string allergens: dairy produce, tropical
fruits, honey, soy milk, chocolate and cocoa etc. So, even if you prefer
starting feeding your baby from adult table (what is especially comfortable if
he already has teeth and he is not 6, but 8-9 months old), pay attention to the
fact that your food contains no serious allergens. In general, you should pay
attention to a baby`s reaction on any new product. Allergy is not always
displayed in the form of rush. Bunged up nose and strong excitability
also can be signs of allergy.
Most children prefer firstly playing with food,
holding it in hand for a long, try its taste and so on. Allow your baby eating
this way. This will support his interest to food. Not all children prefer
grated purA

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