Complementary feeding: (weaning food)
It is defined as any non breast milk food or nutritious foods given to young children in addition to breast milk.( i.e. it is to complement breast milk, not to replace it.)
Age of Introduction: after 6 months (before 6 months exclusive breast feeding is best for the baby)
Attributes of Complementary feeds:
- Soft and flowing
- Thicker than Breast milk
- Bland in taste
- Homogeneous ( based on cereal or root staple foods)
- 1 to 2 times a day to start with
- Gradually increase frequency and quantity
Foods appropriate for complementary feeds:
- Pulses (lentil, beans, peas), meat milk, vegetable oil and sugar
- To increase dietary energy levels : oil, ghee, sugar
- To increase quality of protein: milk product and animal food
- Calcium: Milk
- Iron: Meat, chicken, fish
- Rich in Vitamin & Minerals: Vegetable and fruits
Anything which is free flowing and well mashed and easy to swallow and calorie dense can be given. And you should always consult your Pediatrician at the start of weaning diet/ complementary feeding, so that he or she can guide you in best possible way which is culturally acceptable as well.
Stay Healthy and eat healthy.
For any queries feel free to contact your child specialist or contact us at Maya Clinic.
Dr. Rahul Varma