Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition Guidelines

Aditi MalhotraDiet & Nutrition

Congratulations on motherhood, having brought yet another life into this world,now along with your own well being you have the additional responsibility of looking after your new born. A few tip to keep in mind through the growth of your newborn to infancy.

Breastfeeding

Under normal circumstances keep your newborn on Breast Feed, as there is no better alternative to Mother’s Milk. No water, juice or other fluids are required.  Feed on demand is the mantra for your newborn. On an average a newborn baby takes 8 to 12 feeds a day. Always try and make your baby burp in between feeds.

Trust your motherly instincts during the growth of your baby. Keep regular check on weight gain and keep an eye on your baby whether he is content after feed. After the fifth day normally your baby should wet its diapers 5 to 6 times and 3 or more bowel movements a day. Consult your Doctor immediately if you feel the baby is not gaining weight.

Treat your feeding time as Bonding Time with your baby. Hold the baby close and speak to the baby in soft loving tones. Always be willing to consult your Doctor if you feel anything odd.

Infant Nutrition

Infant nutrition means your baby is getting enough nutrients during his first year, which are essential for the healthy growth of your baby. Nutrients are Calories, Proteins, Fat, Vitamins and Minerals, which go a long way in shielding your baby against various diseases. Take your baby for regular check ups.

Rice Infant Cereal is the only Grain you can start your baby on, after 6 months.

Between the age of 4 to 6 months 1/4 to 1/2 cup of puréed fruit can be given.

Age 7 to 12 months 1/2 to 1 cup of puréed fruit or other soft fruits like banana can be given.

5 to 8 months baby 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of juice can be started and from 9 to 12 months 1/2 a cup of juice can be given per day.

Meat, Poultry, Eggs, Cooked Dried Beans and Peanut Butter can be started, 6 to 8 months 1/2 Tbsp,9 to 12 months 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Cottage or Regular Cheese, Fish, Mashed Eggs or Tender pieces of Meat can be introduced. Age 6 to 8 months 1/2 Tbsp., 9 to 12 months 1/4 to 1/2 cup a day.

Plain Yogurt can be started at the age of 6 months 1 to 2 Tbsp. per day.

Age 0 to 5 months no water is required unless it is exceptionally hot. 6 months onward water can be given as often as you feel your baby requires it.

Any supplements should only be given at the advice of your Doctor. Consult your Doctor and provide your Newborn with any Vitamin supplements if advised.

Do not forget to look after yourself along with your newborn. Be Safe. Be Healthy. Happy Motherhood.

Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition Guidelines was last modified: December 25th, 2016 by Aditi Malhotra