Choosing how to feed your baby is an important decision that has lifelong consequences for children and mothers. It is likely that the mother had seen and learned from family, friends and teachers related to infant feeding, attitudes and thoughts affect you. Do you have decided to breastfeed her child or if you are still in doubt, you should consider the fact that breast milk will not only become the first food for your baby for a few months, but it would be the best.
Nature designed human milk for human babies, so it has several advantages over any substitute ever developed. Your milk is the most gentle and contains a balance of nutrients and, through the provision of equipment and systems is still a young baby’s body can easily assimilate.
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If you choose not to breastfeed, or if for some reason can not, commercial artificial milk (formula) with iron, can provide enough nutrition for your baby. Formulas contain adequate amounts of protein, calories, fat, vitamins and minerals that are suitable for their growth. However, containing milk has immune factors, which can help prevent the infections.
Typically, babies get enough milk from the milk iron-fortified formula do not need vitamin and mineral supplements. Sometimes, if water supplies do not contain enough fluoride, fluoride should be taken after six months of life. Consult with your pediatrician about the use of fluoride supplements.
Tips for feeding your baby:
Here are some useful tips for feeding your baby:
* Breast milk is best for your baby and profitable even if you nurse for a short time or alternating with other methods.
* If you’re breastfeeding, formula based on cow’s milk is used as a first choice.
* Feed your baby breast milk or infant formula until he was 1 year.
* Begin solid foods when your baby can hold his head, sit with support and has lost the tongue thrust reflex months (between 4 and 6 of life).
* When introducing solid foods to your diet, start with rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula in a spoon. Do not provide solid food with a bottle.
* After you eat a baby for two or three weeks with baby cereal and tolerated, add the vegetables, then fruit and finally the meat.
* Add one new food every five to seven days.
* Progress in the texture of foods so that the baby eat table food some time reached their first birthday.
* Do not give your baby one of the following foods during the first year of life:
or citrus foods (oranges, grapefruit, tomato)
or egg whites
or foods that may cause choking baby easily (eg, hot dogs, peanuts, grapes, raisins, popcorn)
or peanut butter
* Limit juice of about 120-180 ml (4-6 ounces) per day. Babies do not need water for extra nutrition is better than formula, breast milk or juice.