Baby Care: How to Get Started With Solid Food
Parenting is a huge challenge. As a first-time parent, you must focus not only on the convenient aspects. One day, you see yourself shopping for baby diapers in Malaysia, and then the following night you are dealing with feeding problems.
Take note that after the breastfeeding stage, it’s time for you to introduce solid food to your little one. This can be a bit difficult without prior research and experience. Below are some quick guidelines you must follow.
Can solid food replace breastmilk?
No. Solid food during your child’s first year are only there to complement breast milk. It shouldn’t take precedence, or replace breastfeeding sessions. It is a way to add texture to your baby’s diet, allowing her to gain more experiences, and develop eye/hand coordination by finger feeding.
Still, you must nurse on demand. Breast milk must still be the main source of nutrition until the end of the first year.
How often do you give solid food, and how much?
Introduce your child to solid food gradually. It may take some time before she accepts, but once she does, you should still continue breastfeeding. A few bites of solid food each day is enough in the start. Gradually, you should increase it.
Should you provide solid food after or before nursing?
Never replace breast milk with solid food. This means that once you introduce solid food, the breastfeeding sessions must not stop. Feed your baby solid food gradually until her appetite increases. Your child must get the same breast milk amount as she gets older, with more solid food on top of that.
Breast milk is crucial to your baby’s overall good health. The nutrients found on breast milk are important for baby development and growth, most especially during the first year.
What if he baby refuses solid food?
That is completely normal. Many babies are quite slow in accepting solid food. For some, introduction of solid food may take many months. If your baby is quite late in the teething game, or have some food sensitivities, then she might not accept solid food that fast. This slowness may be their own bodies’ approach of protecting them, until their digestive system is prepared to accept new solid food.