*** How to start feeding children more! ***
Supplements are supplemented by breast milk after the baby is 6 months old. This is because breast milk alone is not enough for babies after 6 months.
When a baby is 6 months old, it is important to start supplementation because you cannot get breast milk or formula, especially iron and extra energy from milk alone.
However, breast milk should be taken for at least 2 years.
When we start a supplement, we should start with foods rich in iron and other nutrients, especially those that are usually made from wheat, oats, barley, teff, and so on.
We can also add a variety of vegetables and fruits.
We can prepare this food using breast milk or formula.
Another factor is to keep the baby well hydrated and to continue breastfeeding.
- Sick things to do when we start a supplement
Children have symptoms to start eating first.
For example, they should support their head completely.
But we must choose a time when children will be happy and calm.
When we start a meal, we should give them only one meal at a time because if we give them the same food, they can easily tell if they are allergic to the food or if they do not like it.
First we need to get used to the food by giving only a small amount or 1-2 tablespoons, and this should be done after breastfeeding.
First we have to give the food only once a day and then slowly we can give it 2-3 times a day.
We should not force children to eat, but we should encourage them to eat as much as possible.
It is important to prepare a variety of foods for children to enjoy.
It is not advisable to give it to children during the 6-12 months, as dry matter can make them vulnerable to analysis.
It is not advisable to add salt and sugar to the food at this time because it will expose them to various problems.
Cow’s milk should not be given to babies under one year of age. We can also use breast milk or canned milk to prepare food.
We should not give honey to children under one year of age.
It is not advisable to offer a variety of soft drinks, juices (it is better to grind them at home rather than give them juice).
When preparing food, it should be as clean and fresh as possible. When feeding children, it is best to place them on food chairs where there is no disturbance.
It is also not appropriate to turn on the TV and give the cell phone while children are eating.
To ensure that children get proper nutrition, they need to keep track of their weight and height.
Dr. Hadiya Imam is a pediatrician