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My Baby Wants Only Breast Milk

My Baby Wants Only Breast Milk

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Though breast milk is the perfect nutrition for your baby, after six months of age additional nutrition is required from other food sources for your baby’s growth. The transition of complementing breastfeeding with solid foods can be a challenge for a mother.

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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Breast milk provides half or more of energy needs of your baby during 6 to 12 months of age. Giving complementary feeds fulfils the caloric needs. It is necessary to supplement breastfeeding with other foods after six months to fulfill the nutritional requirements of your growing baby.

Baby inertia

But, some babies are so attached to breastfeeding that they may show reluctance to start with new foods. Your baby may insist on breastfeeding because:

To sooth your baby’s craving for sucking don’t offer pacifiers or any other alternative feeding equipments that promote sucking. With time, patience and proper methods of introducing foods, your baby will soon be accustomed to the new way of feeding.

  • It gives a sense of security and affection
  • Your baby has become used to the taste of breast milk
  • Your baby may fear separation from mother
  • Your baby may find breastfeeding easy and comfortable and may not be willing to attempt alternative way of feeding
  • Change is not an easy process; as a baby, it’s natural to love breastfeeding

Here are few things you can do:

Keep it Simple- Give only one cooked cereal like rice when starting complementary feeding. Avoid combining different foods till
the time your baby starts eating at least one cereal.

Mask the Flavor - Some babies don’t like the new flavor of foods. Try to mask the new flavor by adding breast milk and slowly reduce the amount of breast milk mixed in the complementary feeds.

Interact- While feeding your baby; try to interact with him/her. Show your baby that you are too eating the same food and it tastes good. Use expressions like “yummy”, “tasty”, etc. to encourage the baby to eat the new food.

Wait and Try Again- hen your baby refuses to eat the food, don’t force further. Wait for minutes and try again. If the baby refuses again, try to give the food after few days in some other form.

Be patient, some babies may require some time to adjust to the new foods. Home-made foods and fortified meals along with mother’s milk can help fulfill your baby’s nutrient intake.

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

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