Children are our life blessing. Raising them with breast milk or the formula is your very first question as first parents. Raising a child is an art. Even if you have an infant, toddler,pre-schooler, or schooler the responsibility is the same.
The feeding strategies are very important in child development. With newly advancing science and technology you can facilitate this task with various equipment and strategies. When feeding, your child”s safety is paramount important. When it applies to infant and toddler feeding strategies, a mother has a huge responsibility for an effective feeding approach.
Things to consider in feeding
Frequent feedings, night feeds, alert constantly to your babies and toddlers, changing nappies, changing to child sleeping patterns, baby sleeping postures, are things that should concern you more. Sometimes mothers suffer from post-partum depression. So, that instances additional care and support need.
Also, some neuron developmental illnesses such as autism, hyperactivity, related autism spectrum disorder kids are having a series of oral mouth problems. Some of those are hypersensitivity, behavioral issues, food pocketing, gagging, drooling, weak oral muscles, etc. So these kids need various assistance with techniques taught by occupational and speech therapists to succeed in their feeding strategies.
The infant feeding strategies take key importance because until six months they are allowed to give breast milk only. Breast milk will directly enhance the immune system and organs.
Breast milk vs formula
Breast milk takes vital importance because it contains all nutrients and the right balance. you should not introduce any food item apart from Brest milk until your baby reaches his/her first six months. With breast milk child’s organs and immune system develop well. Breast milk has antibodies to attack viruses and infections. In some instances, we have to introduce alternatives[formula] instead of breastfeeding.
WHO also agrees that breastfeeding is more advisable for a newborn up to two years old. It is safe breastfeeding your baby when you have a contagious illness. For common illnesses like cold or flu, most pediatricians recommend breast milk.
Even mastitis [infections into the breast] doesn’t pose any risk to the baby. If a baby gets sick it will load milk with antibodies and fat to help to fight the body’s illness.
BREAST MILK IS MORE THAN FOOD. It is potent medicine, also a powerful communication tool between mother and baby.
Unfortunately, breastfeeding may not be possible for all women. Then infant formula is a healthy alternative. A lot of equipment and tools are being developed to facilitate formula feeding to infants. This formula milk provides babies with nutrients they need to grow and thrive
Identification of solid foods
Babies can give solid foods at to age of six months. Some times suit four months of age. The babies show lots of signs and symptoms needing to give solid foods.
- When the child sit up straight and head upright
- Even after drinking milk frequently to a child is hungry
- The baby loses tongue thrust reflex and automatically stops pushing foods out of to mouth
- When a child begins to gain weight While introducing solid foods though you need to be careful. The weaning away from breast milk should be done carefully as well. Observe the way your child feeds. When you introduce your baby to solid foods, he/she may still prefer milk more than new foods. So it should be a gradual procedure.
However, there will be the exact time that will develop more appetite for other foods than milk. When that time comes, you can slowly wean your baby off to milk and let him/her eat other foods. You may also notice that your baby has lost interest in breast milk even when you think that he/she still needs to breastfeed some more.
There are various aims for baby food preparations and feeding at this special solid food introduction. We can take well-cooked pure vegetables, carrots, squash, sweet potato-like foods to introduce to infants. These basic solid foods and pureed fruits like bananas, avocados, mangoes can be introduced. Pureed meat, beef, chicken, pork, pureed tofu, cereals such as oats, barley, a small amount of unsaturated yogurt, crushed nuts, and almond paste can be substituted if possible.
Some tips for providing solid foods
- Give one solid food at a time. Don’t mixture like a serial. Give 2,3 times before adding another.
- Try teaspoons first and then go to tablespoons
- Don’t use sugar or salt.
- Don’t give higher nutrients foods such as spinach, beets, green beans, squash, carrots, etc.
- Always wash peel fruits and vegetable cows milk don’t add for solid food preparation before one year.
- Feed all foods with a spoon.
- Avoid clean food syndrome. Don’t force your child to eat all to foods.
Foods need to be avoided…
- The high percentage of fat foods
- Processed sugar
- Salt or sugar in babies’ food should be avoided at least the baby is one year old.
A large chunk of foods should also be avoided
Some illnesses and conditions of children causing baby feeding – Breast milk or the formula
Neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism or autism spectrum disorder are the main condition among these. In addition to that, sensory processing disorder, behavioral conditions are also associated with the feeding of babies and children.
Sometimes children are not happy with food textures, smell, color, taste, and such things. Finally, they refuse food. Sensory issues are mainly causing this.
So it is advisable to get a pediatric consultant’s opinion or direct the child to a professional therapist to address these issues. Also, it is a must for parents to get professional guidance. If not these lead to other health issues of children such as developmental problems, cognitive and social development, and various other psychological problems.