A baby grows very fast during the period of the first twelve months after birth. During this period, it is very important to take into account that the baby is getting the right kind of food, at the right time and the right quantity. By doing so you help the baby grow and develop well.
Baby feeding guidelines consist of various recommendations and tips necessary for feeding an infant. In this article we are going to look at different kinds of foods as well as quantity that the baby is required to consume at various months during the period of the first year since birth, as follows;-
During this period feed a baby 2-4 ounces of milk 6-7 times per day. Only breast milk or formula is recommended to feed a baby at this period.
Feed a baby 4 ounces of milk or formula 6-7 times a day. Also, this is the period of exclusive breast milk or formula.
In this period feed a baby 4-5 ounces of milk or formula 6-7 times a day. In this period you will experience a very fast growth to your baby.
In this period feed a baby 5-6 ounces of milk or formula 5 times a day. UNICEF and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months. This means during this period you are advised to feed a baby with breast milk or formula only. There fore it is recommended to feed a baby with breast milk or formula only in this period due to the following reasons;-
- A baby is not well-developed hence can not consume or eat solid foods.
- Nutrients found within breast milk and formula are sufficient for the growth of your baby. This means breast milk and formula alone meet all nutritional and energy needs of your baby.
- Further more, introduction of baby food before the age of six months is harmful to your baby because a baby can not properly digest the food.
This is the right time to introduce baby food. During this period feed a baby 6-8 ounces of breast milk or formula 4-6 times a day plus baby food. At this age breast milk or formula continue to be important source of energy and nutrients for the baby. However, breast milk or formula alone is not enough, you need to introduce baby food to keep up with baby’s growing needs.
Your baby’s first food should be very soft. The soft food is easy to swallow. Feed a baby when you see the signs that he or she is hungry, foristance when a baby put his or hands to the mouth. Also introduces a new food at a time. Wait for about 3 to 5 days before giving a baby another food. This will help you understand the foods your baby may be allergic to.
In this period you can feed the baby with Semi-liquid iron cereals, pureed vegetables as well as pureed fruits. Start with 1 tea spoon of cereals. Mix with 4 tea spoons of breast milk or formula. Here the baby’s stomach is too small hence a baby can only consume a small amount of food. The flavor of the new food may surprise your baby so don’t force the baby to eat too much.
As your baby grows his or her stomach grows too hence a baby can eat more food. Increase the amount to 1 tablespoon of cereal or pureed food mixed with formula or breast milk. The cow milk is not allowed at this period. Always mix the baby’s food with breast milk or formula.
In this period feed your baby 7-8 ounces of breast milk or formula 4 times a day. In addition to the breast milk or formula you may feed a baby 3-5 tablespoon of infant cereals or 2-3 tablespoon of pureed vegetables 2 times a day mixed with breast milk or formula.
But in this stage the amount of breast milk or formula mixed with the baby’s food should be reduced in terms of amount in order to make food with thicker texture. A baby can eat variety of soft foods at this stage except honey. A baby is allowed to eat honey at the period of one year.
Feed a baby 8 ounces of breast milk or formula 3-4 times a day. Also, feed a baby 5-8 tablespoon of a single grain cereal mixed with formula. Fruits, meats and vegetables are also the good foods to a baby. In this period you may gives a bay solid foods.
Feed a baby 8 ounces of breast milk or formula 4 times a day. Give a baby 8 tablespoons of dry infant cereals mixed with formula.Also gives a baby fruits between the meals. A baby should be given variety of foods as this is very important for the baby’s growth and development.
At this stage a baby may change to a table food. He or she can use spoon to feed himself or herself. Give a baby the foods rich in nutrients. Furthermore gives a baby grain, potatoes, legumes, seeds, animal foods for example meat, fish, poultry and eggs.
Feeding Tips for an Infant
- Avoid using sugar or salt when making an infant food. Salt and sugar are not good to the health of your baby
- Do not add cow milk to an infant diet. Cow milk is very harmful to a baby before one year. This is due to the fact that cow milk has great amount of fats.
- Feed your baby variety of foods. Do not limit your baby to the foods you like only. Eating variety of foods gives your baby the best chance of getting all the nutrients needed for the growth.
- Remember to feed your baby with spoon except for formula. By doing so you help a baby learn to use a spoon when eating food.
baby’s growth is dependent on the quality of the food he or she receives. If you will focus on feeding your baby the foods rich in nutrients, he or she will grow well. A poorly nourished baby becomes physically weak and is often prone to diseases and infections. It is important to take care for and love our babies by ensuring that we provide them with healthy foods for the growth and development of their bodies.
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