Complementary Feeding: After six months of age, infants need other nutritious foods in addition to continued breastfeeding
Understand the importance of timely introduction of complementary feeding on a child's health, growth and development.
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Key Messages: Feeding breastmilk alone to the baby until 1 year of age is not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of the baby. From 6 to 9 months of age, the child should be fed other foods at least 3 times a day along with the breastfeeding. After 1 year of age, the child should receive 3 meals per day and 2 extra feedings/snacks along with continued breastfeeding. Child should be introduced to one food at a time; this helps to familiarize the child with the family foods. Discussions and Frequently Asked Questions: Complementary food can be given only when the child has teeth and can sit independently.
Key Response: This is not true. After six months of age breast milk alone cannot fulfill the nutritional requirements of growing infants as it is a period of rapid growth spurt. Hence, complementary foods are needed to supplement breastmilk.
Can foods cooked for the family be given to the child?
Key Response: The child should be introduced to one food at a time; this helps to familiarize the child with the family foods. There are age appropriate feedings in terms of how many times to feed a baby and how much.
What is the difference in the dietary needs of a 6 month and a 1 year old?
Key Response: From 6 to 9 months of age, the child should be fed other foods at least 3 times a day along with the breastfeeding. After 1 year of age, the child should receive 3 meals per day and 2 extra snacks along with continued breastfeeding.
What kinds of foods should I feed the child?
Key Response: Roasted and powdered mixtures of easy to digest grains and pulses can be dissolved quickly in milk/water along with sugar and oil. Three parts of any cereal like rice/wheat or millet (ragi, bajra, jowar, one part of any pulse like moong, channa and arhar and half part of groundnuts or white til if available) can be stored in an air tight container for quick use by dissolving in milk/water along with sugar and oil. One can also use cooked and mashed vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables.
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