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Is My Baby Eating Enough

Is My Baby Eating Enough

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Your baby may continue to breastfeed till 2 years of age. However, complementary feeding is important and should be planned well to ensure optimal nutrition to fufill your baby’s requirements for growth and development.

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Your baby needs more nutrients than you but in much less quanity of food due to the limited capacity of the stomach. Being a mother, you may wonder if your child is eating enough, both in terms of quality as well as quanity.

Here are ways to ensure that your baby is getting just the right quanity and quality of diet:

Quantity Check

  • Set regular meal and snack times.
  • Offer small and frequent feeds.
  • Do not offer too much or too less food to your baby. Learn to understand your baby’s hunger and fullness cues.
  • Each feed should be the size of your baby’s fist.
  • By 8 months, offer 3 meals with cereal and pulse combination.
  • Avoid forcing your baby to eat.
  • Make the food easy for your baby to eat. Make foods soft and moist; and serve the food at the right temperature (neither too hot nor too cold).
  • Do not be disheartened if your baby acts fussy and says no to a food. Offer the same food at a different time.
  • Ensure that there are no distractions during meal-times so that you and your baby can focus on the feeding.

Quality Check

Never completely avoid a single food group in your child’s diet; doing so for long time means that your child is not getting enough nutrients.

  • Always try to ensure that your baby’s diet in a day includes foods from all food groups such as 1) cereals, pulses and millets; 2) vegetables and fruits; 3) milk, milk products and animal foods; 4) fats, oils and nuts.
  • This will ensure that your baby gets a wide variety of nutrients provided by different food groups.
  • Within the food groups, choose a variety of foods.
  • Home-made foods and fortified meals along with mother’s milk can help fulfill your baby’s nutrient intake.
  • Make sure that your baby has some meals together with the whole family. It is a great way to be a role model and spend
    some family time together.

Understanding if your baby is getting enough

Compare your baby’s weight and height/length against the standard growth chart you received from the hospital during childbirth. Is your baby gaining the expected weight? Is your baby getting taller than before? If yes, your baby is eating enough.

If your baby’s weight and height fall below the expected, it means that your baby’s body needs more nutrients. Both the quantity and quality of your baby’s diet may require evaluation by a dietitian or a nutritionist. Your paediatrician can also guide you and refer you to a qualified professional, if needed.

Note: Amounts suggested are general guidelines and may differ depending on the age, sex and activity level. To get a personalised diet plan please visit our Meal Planner

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