Feeding a baby advances as the baby grows. As infants grow they need more variety of nutrition and more solid food to supplement their physical and mental growth. Here are a few tips for feeding baby at various stages:
Breast Feeding: Mother’s milk is the best for the new born. Milk is produced in a mother’s breast and starts soon after delivering the baby. The first milk or colostrum is very important for the baby as it contains all the necessary immune boosting proteins. Later on the normal milk is produced. Milk should be given to the babies every 2 to 3 hours. Even if the baby does not cry for milk, it is your duty to wake up the baby and feed it at regular intervals.
Burping: During feeds babies tend to swallow air that makes them uneasy. Hence it is very important to burp your baby after every feed. Holding the baby upright with its chin resting on your shoulder and tummy pressing against your chest is the best position for burping the baby.
Milk Substitutes: If for some reason breast milk is not available to the baby, formula milk should be substituted, as per your doctor’s advice. Tips for feeding baby emphasizes on mother milk to any other substitutes.
Introducing Solids: For the first 6 months after birth, baby should not be fed with anything other than milk. At 6 months very soft foods such as cereal mixed with milk (mother’s milk or formula) should be given, starting with a spoon of the cereal per feed. Slowly, cooked food and pureed vegetables can be introduced, one at a time. Between 8-9 months when the baby is ready to sit up-right, finger foods such as cooked carrot fingers, crackers and pieces of fruit can be given.