Since birth, the baby only eats mother's milk. In rare cases, if a woman with milk problems, then it is replaced with artificial mixtures. But with the growth of the child should be in parallel with breastfeeding and introduce complementary foods. The child's body must gradually adapt to the human diet.
Often there are questions when it is possible to begin the introduction of complementary foods during breastfeeding, where it is better to start it, what should be the first food for the baby. This is exactly what will be discussed.
It should be noted that already at the age of three monthsthe baby's body is ready to receive food other than breast milk. His digestive system and intestine are already fully ripe. In a word, it's time to introduce complementary foods. However, they begin to change the child's habitual diet only from 4 months of life. Late lure (after 6 months of life) is undesirable. At this age, the child should already be able to chew, swallow food, recognize tastes. And the monotony in nutrition can slow down its growth and development. Still, the growing body needs not only mother's milk.
It is very important to correctly enter the first lure whenbreastfeeding. Pediatricians recommend starting with light vegetable mashed potatoes and juices. And the first portion should not exceed several drops of a certain product.
Separately, it should be noted that the introduction of complementary foodswhen breastfeeding is permissible only if the child's weight corresponds to the norm. Namely, from the moment of birth the baby gained weight exactly 2 times.
Having started the introduction of complementary feeding in breastfeeding, you should constantly monitor and monitor the child's condition. Only he can help to understand how successfully the enrichment of the diet is going and whether the small organism is coping with food innovations. In cases where the first signs of allergic reactions are found, or if there are problems with the gastrointestinal tract, the product should be immediately excluded.
Let's consider in more detail how to introduce complementary foods in 4 months and which menu can be offered to a child.
The first lure is juices and mashed potatoesOne-component, consisting of one vegetable or fruit. Puree is best given in the morning before the first feeding. After breakfast, the mother should watch over the baby, for his condition and the body's response to the injected product. The slightest reddening of the skin should alert the mother. It is a signal that the injected product is not exactly suitable for subsequent feeding. If the reaction is not observed, but the baby himself feels great, then the introduction of complementary feeding during breastfeeding can continue. Next time the norm of puree can be increased by several grams.
Feed your baby only with a spoon. It is very important to start the child from the first day to this tableware.
If no negative reaction of the organism is observed for a certain product during a week, it is possible to introduce an additional ingredient in the child's menu.
With what products begin the introduction of complementary foodsbreastfeeding, it is better to ask the pediatrician or health visitor. It is usually advised to give vegetable purees from a vegetable marrow, cauliflower, pumpkin, potato, apple, carrot. Often parents are one of the first to give banana puree. However, this product is specific, it needs to be pointed with it. By the way, apples promote the normalization of the intestine, but often act as a causative agent of an allergic reaction. Therefore, it is necessary to give preference not to red, but to green and yellow varieties.
In addition to vegetable and fruit purees, you can start to introduce gradually and porridge: buckwheat, rice, wheat. They are prepared for complementary feeding solely on water, not on milk, without the addition of salt and sugar.
As for cottage cheese, meat, fish and eggs, theirYou can offer the child only after six months of life. Although these products make a valuable contribution to the development of the human body, the baby's gastrointestinal tract, which has not reached the age of six months, is not yet ready for them.
Introducing the lure, the main thing to remember is that it is inadmissiblerush. The child has plenty of time to adapt to the new diet. The task of the mother is to prevent an allergic reaction to food and adjust the digestive system of the child correctly.