Food, besides being a source of fuel energy in the human body, as we know, food is also a supporting factor for the growth and development of the child’s body, in particular infants. Where is the baby’s growth cycle is very rapid.
Of post-birth weight infants reached an average of 3 kg, over a period of one year your baby’s growth could reach about 9 kg. Therefore, it is important infant feeding should be qualified nutritional needs.
In principle, the baby needs feeding gradually. From an early stage that starts from the liquid, and semi-solid, solid, and then resumed a normal diet of rice and side dishes. Do not miss the water intake, vitamins, and minerals for babies should be enough.
However, the baby’s condition to determine readiness to receive food intake. Because feeding is individualized. Not necessarily all infants age 4 months ready to be given milk porridge.
Physical conditions also determine the baby’s readiness to receive the type of food intake. The physical condition of the baby including weight and height. Where in this case pediatrician who has special competence to assess.
Therefore, it is important to monitor growth of children each month from all aspects. From baby’s height, weight infants, immunization schedules and methods of diet intake.
Customize your baby’s physical development with his diet, while he remains in monitoring parents and pediatricians, the baby will achieve optimum growth process. Some important things to remember, how much and how often the baby to eat, it all depends on age, growth rate, weight, and metabolism. And all was not equal between one baby with other babies.
However, breast milk is the most important intake in infants. Breastfeeding, in addition to containing all the nutrients needed for growth and development of infants, breast milk also contains all sorts of anti-infection substance that can protect infants against various infections.
During the past 4 months of age infants, babies need extra food such as milk porridge, biscuits and fruit. Then strain the puree (mashed rice team) starting at age 6 months and 9 months of age can be given rice team.
If you combine breastfeeding with formula, should take formula milk, that most similar in composition of milk. Ask your doctor’s instructions. So even how to mix formula and how much formula your baby will be given.
There are various circumstances that can make breast-feeding is not practical or not recommended. Mothers who can not breastfeed should not feel incompetent or guilty. Formula milk should be given after consultation with doctors and professionals milk.
In addition to being a source of vitamins and minerals, fruits are also a good source of fiber. The age of 6-8 months, babies can be given fruits like oranges, papaya, bananas, and tomatoes. Fruit can be given in the form of juice.
Other fruits such as melon, avocado, watermelon, pear, and others can be given from 6 months. But avoid the gummy fruits. Because it can cause diarrhea, such as sapodilla, pineapple, durian, mango and others.
At this early stage, give approximately 30-50 ml of water and fruit as an introduction to the baby’s digestive conditions, monitor reactions that occur. If after drinking orange juice, timbuil diarrhea, replace with another fruit in the next administration that is more suitable. But one thing most important, wash any fruit before it is given to the baby.
The age of 4-5 months your baby can be given solid baby food. The first solid foods are introduced in the form of software should still be easy to digest baby, could be in the form of milk porridge.
Entering the age of 6 months babies can be introduced in the next solid food, like rice team. Team usually consists of rice porridge rice plus animal and vegetable protein dishes plus vegetables such as carrots and spinach.
Snack for babies are usually present in the form of biscuits that are made specifically for babies. Introduction snack can be given when the baby at the age of 4 months.
After age 6 months, your baby can be given other foods such as bread, jelly, pudding, green bean porridge, and others.
For the problem of feeding schedule, usually given once every 3 hours. But in some cases, there are also babies who are hungry in the interval of 2 hours. This is normal, because each baby is unique.
But in general the human body including the baby’s stomach will experience a discharge within an interval of 3 hours. It is therefore critical that if there are cases of babies who have slept more than 4 hours, the baby must be awakened and given snack baby food.