From the moment your little one comes to the world, he begins to worry about his diet. In the first 6 months, it is simpler, because the baby eats only milk, but from the moment of diversification the questions arise:
• When is he ready to start eating solid foods?
• What kind of diversification do I adopt, self-diversification or classical, with mash?
• What kind of foods do I start with: fruits, vegetables, cereals?
• When do I feed them before or after breastfeeding?
• How much should you eat at the beginning, at 1 year, 2, 3?
• What do I do if the baby / child refuses to eat?
The diversification of the baby's diet and the baby's diet are topics as sensitive, as controversial. WHO recommends that solids should not be introduced before 6 months and only if the baby is ready (stand alone in the ass, grab and bake what he has in his hand, is curious about what you eat). When you first offer them food, you can opt for vegetables or fruits. Start gradually, offering him only one food at a time. When it comes to which diversification option to choose, self-diversification or the classic one, it is best to see and test what version suits your child. There are babies who eat very well from the teaspoon and others who refuse it completely.
In the first year of life, breast milk is the basis of nutrition, and solid foods complement it. Basically, the baby gets used to the texture, smell and aroma of new foods. Before giving him a new food, breastfeed him. Thus, the village being, it will be more open to try new tastes. If he is very hungry, he may not cooperate and refuse.
On the other hand, there are babies for whom the acceptance of solids can be a big challenge. Some of them will start eating after the age of 1, and another will continue to do so for a while. It doesn't have to be a problem, as long as the baby is breastfed.
When it comes to the time of the meal, we must have patience with the little one, not force him ("do not get up from the table until you finish the plate"), not reward him ("if you eat, you get drawings or something sweet ") or to emotionally blackmail them (" eat a spoon for the mother, one for the father ... "or" I am angry if you do not eat "). Such methods lead to unpleasant situations in the period of maturity, sometimes even pathological. Children raised in this way can become obese as they consume a greater amount of food than necessary, because they cover emotional shortcomings through eating.
As the child grows up, there are many other situations that raise, in turn, other questions and for which you can hardly find the correct answers:
• not eating enough or eating constantly;
• does not accept solid food or healthy foods at all;
• eat well, but ask for lots of sweets;
• (seems to) not grow well in weight;
• you are told by those around you that you ask too often to be breastfed or, on the contrary, you seem to be starting to refuse breasts after diversification;
• eat only if it is distracted;
• you have been recommended a rigid diversification scheme and the small one does not respond well;
• you do not know what it means or how to create healthy long-term habits and turn meals into a pleasure, etc.
We are all different from each other and so are the babies / children, and their behavior regarding food is as different as possible. Often, parents fail to find balance and for this reason, in many cases, conflicts arise during meals.
Always give your child an extra option when eating on the table. It must be something healthy and to like (an apple, a carrot, etc.). Let him choose, eat what he has prepared or the extra version. Don't cook separately for him.
In many countries, including Romania, feeding the children is strictly recommended by the doctor, and mothers are advised to give their children exact amounts of certain foods, following a rigid schedule, which is NOT indicated! Not working…
"As an adult, have you ever been fed by someone? Try and you will understand! It is very unpleasant for someone to induce a fork in your mouth, to be forced to eat foods you do not like or to constantly monitor your portions. "he says Dr. Carlos GONZALEZ, expert in child nutrition.
In terms of food style, the beginning is very important! And not just now, but also for the future adult.
"Eating habits are formed in the first years of life and change later with greater effort. In my practice as a Breastfeeding Consultant or at the Diversification Courses I support, I meet different situations related to the feeding of children, either during breastfeeding. exclusive, or after the diversification of the diet - I meet many mothers who tell me what mistakes they made with the children, for fear that they do not eat enough. They tricked them or insisted on a rigid scheme and only got the opposite effect. we relax about the baby's nutrition and understand the correct principles of eating approach, "he says Sorana MURESAN, IBCLC Breastfeeding Consultant and President of the ProMAMA Association.
On October 14, Dr. Carlos GONZALEZ, internationally renowned pediatrician, comes to Romania for how he addresses this controversial topic.
Pediatric doctor and father of 3 children.
Recognized specialist in breastfeeding, nutrition and baby sleep and author of several internationally successful books on these topics.
Appreciated international speaker at profile conferences, both for mothers and for specialists. It has helped countless families to solve the problems related to feeding the children and to enjoy pleasant meals together.
He is the founder and president of the Catalan Nursing Association and teaches nursing courses to medical professionals.
Sign up for the conference here if:
• you are pregnant;
• you or your pediatrician consider that the baby has not gained enough weight;
• you have unbebelus under the age of 6 months and you are about to start diversifying your diet;
• you have a child between 6 months and 3 years old, who already eats solid food, but you face all sorts of dilemmas;
• even if you have an older child, who you think is not eating enough or healthy!
Author: Ramona PIRTEA - IBCLC Breastfeeding Consultant, Nutritionist - ProMAMA, Breastfeeding Institute and Clinic
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