Complementary Feeding?

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Good evening doctor, I Gede Aries SUartama would like to ask if each baby’s development is different, for example a 6 month old baby can be given solid food or food that is a bit dense in texture, so if for example the baby has not yet grown teeth to chew food, is it still okay? given solid-textured food?

1 Answer:

Hello Aries Suartama

Thank you for your question

Indeed, at the age of 6 months, usually the baby's nutritional needs are no longer met only by breastfeeding alone. At the age of 6 months, babies should usually be given complementary foods (MPASI) to meet their daily nutritional needs. So indeed at the age of 6 months, you can start to introduce additional food to your baby, but of course there are rules that must be followed, for example, gradual feeding and the type of food given is usually denser in texture than breast milk, so instead of giving solid foods such as tempeh. Whole bananas or whole bananas, because babies cannot chew food properly (related to teething) and are at risk of choking. The solid texture referred to in complementary feeding at 6 months of age is a texture in the form of a solution/porridge/pure, which you can gradually increase its consistency until it becomes a fairly dense porridge (less water content), so that later you can give your baby solid food ( bananas and so on). So it's true what you said can't give really solid food because sometimes baby's teeth haven't grown so the baby can't chew food properly.

The following are suggestions for giving your baby complementary foods at the age of 6 months:

Feed your baby 2-3 times a day. At the beginning of the trial, complementary feeding can be given 2 times a day. Give 2 to 3 tablespoons per meal (as a flavor enhancer), then can be given up to 250 ml with each meal. The food given must be thick enough to be administered by hand. Give soft foods. After the age of 8 months, the baby can be given food that he can hold on his own. The type of food given can be a variety of staple foods (corn, wheat, rice, grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes), bananas or mashed potatoes. Then your baby can be given a more varied diet: iron-rich animal foods (meat, chicken, liver), and other animal sources such as fish, eggs, milk and dairy products; legumes (beans, lentils, peas, peanuts), seeds (sesame); Vitamin A-rich fruits and vegetables (mango, papaya, avocado, passion fruit, leafy greens, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin), and other fruits and vegetables (bananas, pineapples, watermelon, tomatoes, avocados, eggplant and cabbage) . Make sure the food to be given has been properly processed and cooked thoroughly if needed. Make sure your baby is not forced to eat right away, because it will take time. You should be patient in giving complementary foods and use a separate plate to feed the baby to make sure your baby eats all the food that is given. You have to pay attention to the problem of hand hygiene, the cutlery used, the cleanliness of the baby food storage area. Hope this answer helps

Thank you

dr. Aldy Valentino

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