Monday, June 8, 2009

Starting Solid Foods

Newborns up to 4 months of age are fed on breastmilk and/or formula. They are ready for solids if they manifest the following:
  • drinks more than 35-40 ounces of formula a day
  • seem to be nursing all the time and does not seem to be satisfied
  • when propped up make sure that the baby's neck is stable and not very wobbly
  • make sure the baby does not have a lot of tongue-thrusting (tongue reflex that seems to push the food outwards)
  • they will be drooling a lot

Once they are ready and able you can start them with 1 tablespoon of rice cereal to 5 tbsp of breastmilk or formula. Make sure you try to sit them up so they do not choke. Give the cereal in a spoon if your baby does not seem to like it try again another time. Try to add less of the milk and more of the cereal until the consistency is thicker. Try a new food for 3-4 days before introducing a new one. Make sure your baby is not allergic to the food. Reactions result in diarrhea, vomiting or a hive like rash all over the body.

  • cereals(rice, barley and oats)
  • vegetables (yellow/orange veggies before green) the yellow vegetables is more easily digestible than the green
  • fruits
  • meats (not until 8-9 months of age)
  • give eggs around 1 year of age
  • stay away from any shellfish(shrimps and crabs) for possible allergic reactions
  • do not give baby anything that can choke(nuts, grapes,apple skins...)

Once solid foods has started you will notice that the consistency and odor of the stools will changed. If the food is not strained you will see bits and pieces of food in the stool. Feed the baby solid foods before giving their milk. you will notice that the amount of milk will markedly decrease.

Juice is not needed for infants less than 6 months of age. You can give up to 4 ounces of juice once a day during mealtimes for babies 6 months and older. Juice is not needed.

Introducing new foods should be an enjoyable process. Talk and interact with your child while feeding them.

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