Your baby is about to go through an amazing growth spurt. In their first year, babies triple their birth weight. To grow that much, they need a lot of nutrients — more than at any other time in their life. Experts say breast milk is the best source of nutrition for babies during the first 6 months, but formula can be a good alternative.
Stages of Early Childhood
Breastfeeding or Formula Milk?
Breast milk and infant formula are the only two options of milk drink throughout the first 6 months of life. However, breast milk is the preferred option as it additionally provides protection against illness. Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
Benefits of breastfeeding over formula feeding:
Weaning is when a baby moves from breast milk to other sources of nourishment. It is conducted by introducing solid food step by step around 6 months and breast milk/formula milk have to be continued until 2 years old.
When to start solid food with baby?
How to start solid food with baby?
- not opening the mouth
- pull away from spoon
- turn away
- push food out of the mouth
Frequently Asked Questions from Moms
By the time your little one is 1 year old, he should be eating the same foods as the rest of the family. Energy is vital to maintain all body functions. It is obtained from carbohydrates, protein and fats. Vitamins and minerals are vital for health as they perform hundreds of functions in the body. A balanced diet can supply all the necessary vitamins and minerals. This is how your plate should be look like in order to have a balanced diet: