Nutrition From Birth To Year One

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Parents are usually concerned about nutrition of their new-born. One needs to be very careful when it comes to their food intake, here are few guidelines you could follow.

First 6 months

For the first 6 months doctors usually suggest breast milk instead of formula for baby. Breast milk provides infants with all the nutrition they require. It has enzymes and anti-bacterial properties which helps them fight off diseases. Apart from that it also helps new mother lose all the extra weight she gained during pregnancy. According to experts it helps to increase her bond with child. Initially breastfeeding could be very painful and might require the mother to be in a same position for hours. If your baby is having a trouble latching milk then you could use hand movements and this could cause temporary pain but would reduce the swelling. Working mums make sure that they pump the milk out before they leave, this is another way of reducing the swelling but this could be very painful. Some doctors don’t advise anything other than milk during this period not even water. However, one could increase the nutrition intake of baby by having a healthy diet themselves. Usually whatever mum eats would pass onto the child in the form of milk. So in order for your child to be healthy you should consume food which are rich in vitamins and high in nutritional value.

Introduce new items

After 6 months doctors might advice you to introduce new items in your baby’s diet such as infant formula, baby food and porridge. Only after infants have reached double their birth weight they can consume solid foods. The most important thing here is to be patient, you should slowly introduce new foods into their diet. Feeding them too much of solids at once could cause other problems in the digestive system and might take toll in their health. Apart from that you should pay close attention during this period making sure your baby is swallowing it right. Their food could include, cereal, mashed fruits such as banana and boiled mashed vegetables. Once the child turns a year old you could introduce more food items such as meat, but this too should be done slowly starting off with small pieces.  Apart from that you should give them eggs and nuts. However, you should always pay attention to how these food are reacting on your baby. Sometimes they might get constipated so you should always know what works for them and what doesn’t.

However, one should always consult a doctor before changing their baby’s diet. For example after first 6 months you should visit a doctor and check whether it is okay to introduce solid in your baby’s diet.