Selection Of MPASI Menu For Babies Aged 6 Months?
Hi, my son is now 6 months old. I give a side dish of milna porridge. Is it okay? What is the best food for children, is the box porridge sold or homemade? What is the impact if you use the box porridge that is sold?
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When the baby is 6 months old, it is the right time to introduce complementary foods to breast milk. In the first week of introducing complementary feeding, mothers should give food with a consistency that tends to be runny so that the baby is not surprised by this new habit.
Give food with a single menu to introduce taste and also assess the presence or absence of an allergic response in children. For example, the pumpkin menu is steamed and then mashed, for the morning-afternoon-evening menu. After the second week of the introduction of the single menu, you can try different variants of the menu for your 6-month-old child, which will be better if it contains at least 4 important components: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins.
Homemade MPASI is certainly better considering that factory-made products (instant porridge) have gone through many processing processes that cause the nutrients in these foods to decrease. In addition, the homemade MPASI menu is certainly much fresher and without the addition of preservatives.
So that the impact for children who often consume ready-to-eat products that are widely sold in the market is that children will be exposed to preservatives, flavor enhancers, and other additives earlier. Children will also lack some nutrients and vitamins because these processed products have gone through a very long processing process.
So, it can be concluded that you can give ready-to-eat/instant complementary foods, but it would be better if you make your own food for your beloved baby.
Here I attach some interesting articles related to your question:
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I hope it's useful, ma'am
dr. Deasy Larasandi