Publiboda

Feeding your baby

IMPORTANT: Here we provide some tips and advice on feeding babies (0 to 2 years old), but this is not designed to replace professional medical advice, so if you are unsure, consult your pediatrician. We cannot be held responsible for the information included on this page.

BREASTFEEDING OR FORMULA?

Before your baby is born, you will need to think about whether wish to breast feed or bottle feed him. This is a very personal decision.

Mixed feeding is another good option, where you nurse your baby and express milk to feed to your baby in a bottle, or use formula milk. This means that another person, such as the baby's father, can help with feeding.

If you decide not to breastfeed for any reason, the decision is entirely yours to make, and you should not have to explain to anybody.

breastfeedingHUNGRY BABIES

If your baby is fussy and seems to want to nurse more often than usual, it is probably because she is undergoing a growth spurt. Major growth spurts usually occur at 2, 3, and 6 weeks, then 3 and 6 months. Many mothers worry that they are not producing enough milk, but you will produce enough milk to adapt to your baby’s needs. If your baby is hungry, then feed her. She will soon go back to her normal rhythm and your milk production will reduce accordingly.

CHANGE THE FORMULA IN YOUR BABY’S BOTTLE

If your baby is bottlefed, if you notice that she has lost interest in her bottle, try changing the formula. Just like grownups, babies can get bored of always drinking the same thing. These days there are many types of formula milk with slightly different tastes and textures. Many mothers have tried this and it seems to work, so it can’t hurt to try. Ask your pediatrician which formula is best for your child.

DON’T REHEAT HIS BOTTLE

If your baby takes an age to take his bottle, try putting the milk in a glass and covering it with a piece of aluminum foil until he is ready to drink more. It will keep warm for longer and you won’t need to reheat it as this is not advisable.

GETTING HIM TO DRINK MILK

If your baby is off his food and does not want to eat his cereal or drink his milk, try putting a couple of baby rusks in a bowl with milk and crush it down with a spoon. You can guarantee he will eat it all!

EATING WITH THE REST OF THE FAMILY

The best way to get a toddler to eat is by putting her highchair at the table with the rest of the family so that everyone eats together. This is great fun for a small child, as she can copy what the grownups do, and will probably eat everything on her plate without even realizing it.

GET HER TO EAT PASTA...

When you want to introduce pasta to your baby’s diet, don’t give it to her with tomato sauce as the flavor is quite strong and she probably won’t like it. Try giving her noodles with a little butter and grated cheese, usually a hit with young children! Pasta is a firm favorite with busy parents, as it is quick to prepare, cheap, filling and nutritious when combined with other foods.

CHANGE THE BOWL

If your child does not want to eat his puree or cereal, it is often enough just to change the bowl. If he won’t eat from his dish, try putting it on a plate. The novelty might be all he needs to encourage him to eat it all.

BABY WITH CONSTIPATION

A common treatment for constipation in babies over six weeks old is 50% prune juice and 50% water in a bottle. Feed to the baby twice a day in addition to breast or formula feeding. If you are unsure, ask your pediatrician.

BABY WITH DIARRHEA

If you have started giving solids to your baby and he has diarrhea, feed him bland food following the BRAT diet: Banana, Rice cereal, Apple sauce, Toast and make sure he drinks plenty of liquid so that he doesn’t become dehydrated.

Consult your pediatrician if your nursing baby has diarrhea, as he may become lactose intolerant and should avoid any milk products, including breast milk. He will need to take oral rehydration solution to prevent dehydration.

PREVENTING DIARRHEA

If your formula-fed baby has had diarrhea and has still not gone back to normal, try her with lactose-free formula for several weeks, as a bout of diarrhea sometimes strips a baby’s small intestine of lactase enzymes.

IF HE DOESN’T LIKE FRUIT PUREE

Try to vary his fruit puree by adding milk or cereals. Give orange juice separately as it does not mix well with milk. It is very important that he eats them, as if he doesn’t eat fruit now, it will get harder the older he gets, and every pediatrician stresses the importance of fruit in a child’s diet.

IF YOUR BABY IS A POOR EATER, DISTRACT HIM

If your baby is a poor eater, you have a try to distract him as much as possible during mealtimes, and you could even try to make things fun for him. However, we do not recommend putting on the TV or a video as this could become a habit. For example, sew some button “eyes” onto an old glove and use it like a glove puppet to “help” feed your baby. He will have a great time and will associate mealtimes as a fun moment in his day.

Related articles:

Your comments

Comments (0)






Allowed tags: <b><i><br>Add a new comment:


Advertising

We recommend