WHY DO INFANTS NEED MORE THAN MILK?
With the conditioning of kids, especially infants, it is necessary to know how to exercise the right amount of caution and use the best form of nutrition which shall help them in the long run. Parents often find it difficult to decide which form of feeding is best for infants because the advice is free and the more the advice from various sources, the more confusion it creates. This particular article combines some of the ideas for dealing with diets and food choices for newborn babies. If you are a parent or someone who knows parents to some newborn babies, make sure you read this and gather up some necessary information!
One can never emphasize enough the importance of breastfeeding babies for the perfect nutrition they need. Breast milk contains everything the baby essentially needs – the lactose, fat and protein requirements. The mother can fulfill and develop the antibodies to help the growth of the baby and keep the baby away from external infections. However, there are many other factors that need to keep in mind. Since babies cannot emote their needs fruitfully, you need to do the best you can.
Breastfeeding is necessary for a child to develop until 6 months after birth. After that time limit, infants have to be introduced to more complex foods because the baby grows quickly in these formative months. Babies nearly double in proportion to their birth weight. This is the exact time when you should start providing your baby with liquid variations of lighter foods like diluted daal mixtures and baby cereals. Usually, babies indicate their readiness for solid foods through some signs or indications. As they start growing and their readiness to eat solid food increases, we should start including mashed fruits and vegetables in their diets.
More importantly, the need for iron supplements increases, therefore, the inclusion of iron-rich foods is a must. The rate at which preferences change for growing infant babies is not necessarily constant. Some kids are more curious and inclined towards solid foods than others. As parents, you just need to include solid foods gradually and look for the obvious signs your kids may show. However, like feeders, it is your responsibility to make sure the child is put into the habit of going for foods beyond the mothers’ breastfed milk because eventually, the baby has to totally switch over to solid foods and get more nutrients the body requires as the child grows and the nutritional needs increase.
Milk is a necessary but not a sufficient food option for a growing infant. Along with solid food intake gradually after six months, water becomes a necessity because solid foods invoke the hydration needs of the body. Also, limiting the solid foods to your own personal choices is not fair, you should let the baby decide the preferences in solid foods, neither should you force and overfeed the child.
Infant kids are developing and there is no particular need to restrict intake of fats, cholesterol, and meats in your child’s diet because the body needs to learn how to take in all those new substances and needs more energy foods for his/her nutritional requirements. It’s better to follow your baby’s cue.
It’s important to know that after a few months of initial development, the baby’s body demands much more than basic nutrition and the milk is just a supplement of calcium and lactose. It is only in rather extreme cases where your baby is too sensitive or allergic to solid foods that you should elongate the process. Nevertheless, you should try to experiment with what your baby wants. You should acknowledge the fact that although your babies cannot convey what to eat, they can convey when they want to stop. Development and preferences are subjective and not every infant grows the same way or even at the same pace.
With time, you shall see your baby grow and gradually the dependence on breastfed milk altogether shall stop. Till then, you should try to cater to the growing needs of the baby and keep introducing the infant to new varieties while the babies take their own time to develop their tastes and bodies. In several months, you shall see that your infant has grown and naturally the demands for different foods has grown, too!
The conclusion is that while deciding a perfect diet plan for the baby, it is necessary to bear in mind that milk gradually loses importance as the only food supplement sufficient for the body. Solid foods, water, and fruits slowly take over the consumption requirements for an infant.