Do many mothers wonder if it is possible to start introducing solid foods to the infant after the age of four months? Here is the baby feeding guide from 4 months to 6 months
Baby feeding from 4 months to 6 months
Some mothers may think that the arrival of their baby to the fourth month means the beginning of the introduction of solid foods and the gradual reduction of breastfeeding, but unfortunately, hurrying this step may not be appropriate at all at this age, so let us introduce you to the foundations of feeding the infant at the age of four to six months.
What should you feed your child?
From the age of 4 months until the age of 6 months, the infant can start tasting some foods, but according to the recent directions and recommendations, it is preferable to maintain exclusive breastfeeding until the age of six months.
In the event that you start introducing some foods to the child, this will be in very small quantities and gradually, in addition to maintaining breastfeeding. It is preferable to consult the pediatrician before this step to ensure that your child is ready for this.
Replace two feedings today with two servings of solid food, each of 3 to 4 teaspoons.
Type between rice or toast or unsweetened biscuits with milk. You can also make a purée of some vegetables, such as carrots, yams, and sweet potatoes, and fruits such as apples and pears.
Always offer your child food after breastfeeding or formula, and note that your child will eat 1 to 3 tablespoons of food in one or two meals a day.
It is preferable to wait for a period of at least four days before exposing the child to a new type of food. Under no circumstances is it advisable to incorporate a number of new foods at the same time. This way you can prevent and detect food allergies.
Why should you continue breastfeeding?
The mother should continue to breastfeed her child exclusively, as much as possible, for a period of up to two years. This is due to the great benefits of breastfeeding that accrue to both the mother and the infant, which are:
Mother’s milk contains compounds that strengthen the fetus’s immunity against microbes and the causes of infection and inflammation, such as ear infection, diarrhea, and respiratory tract infections.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – SIDS.
Easy to digest and suitable for the growth and development of the digestive system of the fetus, which means gas, intestinal upsets, and less abdominal pain.
An integrated formula, as the mother’s milk, contains all the nutrients that the infant needs for complete growth.
Prevention of obesity, according to studies, it was found that children who depend on breastfeeding are less overweight, but they have stronger immunity and are less likely to develop diabetes.
Prevention of Allergies: Babies who are breastfed with breast milk are less likely to develop allergies, asthma, and eczema for the rest of their lives.
Breastfeeding helps intellectual development, as it contains fatty acids that are important for brain development, and children who are breastfed naturally are more intelligent.
Savings, breast milk is available and does not spoil.
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