Giving MPASI When The Child Is 5 Months 3 Weeks Old?
Hello, my son is 5 months 3 weeks old and still exclusively breastfed recently my son when he saw his parents eating he chewed his thumb and bit his finger as if he knew it was food and my baby was able to support his head and can sit up too my question is can I give solid food at this age? Her weight is 7.5 kg female, please help, thank you.
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Complementary feeding should ideally be given when the baby is 6 months old. However, the provision of MPASI can also be advanced or delayed due to certain reasons.
Some of the conditions that can be taken into consideration for early complementary feeding are:
Infant shows signs of malnutrition; that is, if the weight, length, or head circumference is below the normal value for age, the mother's milk production is inadequate; many experts believe that early complementary feeding accompanied by breast milk is still better than supplementary milk (eg formula milk or UHT) The mother dies or suffers from a disease that prevents her from breastfeeding while there is no suitable donor of breast milk Babies who often suck their thumbs are not necessarily true indicates that he is indeed ready to eat. This behavior is perfectly normal as part of the oral phase.
Therefore, if your milk production is still sufficient, and your baby's physical growth is still normal according to his age (the normal weight of a baby girl aged 5 months 3 weeks is between 6.3 to 8.2 kg), you should be patient with giving complementary foods for 1 week. again yes.. Give him exclusive breastfeeding whenever he needs to meet his nutritional needs.
If he is 6 months old, and shows signs of being ready to eat, you can start teaching him to consume solid food, with the following guidelines:
The quantity is gradually increased: initially 3 spoons, increased to 5, 7, and so on. The frequency is gradually increased; starting from 1 time a day, 2 times a day, then 3 times a day with snacks between 2 meals The consistency is gradually increased; starting from filter porridge, team porridge, then rice. The type of food is gradually increased; starting from 1 type, 2 types, and combined so on. Avoid giving sugar, salt, and flavoring before the baby is 1 year old. That's our explanation. For details, please consult directly with a pediatrician, yes.
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah