Starting Solid Food For Babies?

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I ask, what should I feed the baby for the first complementary food?

1 Answer:

Hi Ria,

Thanks for the question. Complementary food for breast milk is food that is started to be given to babies aged 6 months to complement the nutrients needed by babies other than breast milk. Complementary feeding basically starts with soft food and then gradually increases the texture and amount. You can start giving foods that are mashed until soft rice porridge, baby cereal, vegetables, and boiled fruits (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, pears, melons). Baby's cereal can be mixed with breast milk or formula. Avoid adding salt or added sugar to these foods. Introduce your baby to some new foods with a gap of 3-5 days. With this pause, you can know your baby's reaction to the food including if your baby has an allergic reaction such as vomiting, diarrhea, or skin rash.

If your baby is used to soft foods, you can try starting finger food so your baby can grip and eat on their own. Foods to choose from, for example, sliced ​​bananas or avocados. Then if your baby is able to consume these two foods, your baby can consume more complex follow-up foods that are cooked until soft, such as chicken, meat, noodles, bread, rice, eggs.

The following suggestions will also help you:

take your baby to eat with his family. Put the baby in the baby seat, so that the baby gets used to it and has no trouble feeding. Babies will generally imitate the behavior of their families. give food not too much because the baby is just starting to get to know food try to give a variety of foods. Introducing a variety of foods and flavors can make your baby like a variety of foods and get lots of nutrition. Provide food that you make yourself, so you can guarantee his health the baby doesn't have to eat three times a day, smaller and more frequent portions can also be done to avoid forcing your baby to spend the food, as long as the development is good, you don't have to worry about the lack of food Please read the following article further: Introducing solid food

I hope this helps.

dr. Aloisia

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