After exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months, you must start complementary feeding to your baby.
Small tummies but big needs!
Compared to you, your baby needs more nutrition per kg body weight. Calcium requirement is 6 times higher than you, iron requirement is 2 times more and vitamin D is required 7 times more.
Mother’s milk is not enough after 6 months….
Around 6 months, breast milk fulfills only part of your baby’s nutrition needs. Rest of it should come from her complementary foods.
Suggestions for Successful Complementary Feeding:
1. Start complementary feeding at six months.
2. Check if the baby is sitting upright, has good head and neck control or is reaching for food before starting the baby on solid food.
3. Let your baby sit upright on your lap or in a well-supported infant chair.
4. Wash your hands and feeding utensils carefully
5. Prepare adequate amounts of the food at a time.
6. Offer cooked cereals, pureed and cooked vegetables and fruits.
7. Avoid spices and seasonings or extra sugar and salt in the foods.
Starting complementary feeding is one of the major milestones in your baby’s life. Ensure that both you and your baby are relaxed. Give sufficient time to feed your baby and avoid hurrying up the process.
8. Start with 1 tablespoon of cereal mixed with 3 tablespoons of breast milk.
9. Slowly introduce one new food at a time and wait for a few days to check whether your baby is allergic to any food.
10. Keep a gap of 2 weeks for introducing next food after the first one.
11. Offer the pureed and soft food with a spoon. Bring the spoon close to your baby’s lips and let him or her smell and taste the food.
12. Give at least 1 tablespoon of fruits and vegetables daily.
13. Baby may spit food at first, wait and try again after some time.
14. Do not force feed.
15. Learn to identify your baby’s cues for hunger and fullness. You baby may be full when he/she turns the head away, slows down eating, clenches mouth shut, pushes food away or gets easily distracted away from feeding
16. Each feed should be the size of your baby’s fist.
17. Three solid meals can be given in a day.
18. Do not save, reheat and reuse the feeds.
19. Talk to your baby while feeding and encourage him or her to eat.
20. Home-made foods and fortified meals along with mother’s milk can help fulfill your baby’s nutrient intake.
21. Ensure a variety in your baby’s diet to provide different nutrients from different foods.
Make feeding times enjoyable and happy.
Note: Amounts suggested are general guidelines and may differ depending on the age, sex and activity level. To get your child’s personalised diet plan please visit our Meal Planner