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The introduction of solid foods, complementary to breastfeeding, is one of the issues that raises more doubts in parents. It is true that it is not convenient to be overwhelmed, and that it is better to let the child himself give us clues of when and how he wants to eat certain foods, but generally it helps a lot to have one baby diet recommendation guide.
It is important to know that during the first 6 months of life babies only need breast milk or artificial milk to meet all their nutritional needs.
- Around 4 months
Although it is not strictly necessary, in many cases gluten-free cereals are introduced around 4 months in the event that breastfeeding is artificial (if the child takes only breast milk, it would not be necessary or perhaps with breast milk expressed with breast pumps).
- Around 5 months
Towards 5 months of age, they are usually introduced (not strictly necessary) fruit porridges (pear, banana, apple with or without orange juice). Milk can be substituted for orange juice if it is too acidic for the child. You can also let your baby touch the food to suck or nibble on it, always avoiding food that he can choke on, and very small pieces. It will take a few teaspoons a day, if you do not like fruit, nothing happens, you do not have to insist or be overwhelmed.
- From 6 months
Vegetable purees are usually introduced around 6 months of age. We usually recommend starting with potatoes, green beans and carrots, and after 2 or 3 weeks introduce the chicken and then alternate chicken and beef. Approximately 30 grams of chicken or beef are sufficient at the beginning, to gradually increase (generally the increase is from 10 grams per month up to 80 grams). The first days maybe take only a few tablespoons, nothing happens, its fundamental food is milk, and milk intakes should not be removed so that it takes solid.
- From 8 to 12 months
At 8-12 months of age the baby is ready to eat shredded or finely chopped meat. Babies who drink only breast milk should be introduced to meat around 8 months, or if they do not eat meat, consider an iron supplement, since breast milk is not a food source rich in iron, but babies maintain reserves of adequate iron up to 8 months of age.
- At 9 months
At 9 months, the yolk, usually cooked, starting little by little, and no more than 3 a week. The egg white is usually introduced from 12 months of age. The fish could be given from 9 months, but with great care for the bones.
1 - The whole cow's milk it should not be given before 12 months of age.
2 - The gluten introduction in general it is recommended before 7 months of age, but it must be individualized according to the case.
3 - It is NOT convenient to add salt or sugar in baby food.
4 - It would be prudent DO NOT offer multiple new foods on the same dayBut don't get obsessed either. When the mother works, it is normal for the child to eat solids in her absence and breast when she is with the mother. In many cases, he can drink all or almost all of the milk supply he needs in the hours he is with the mother.
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