Is it worth it to introduce lure in 4 months
Breast milk is the best baby food. However, many pediatricians recommend young mothers to start introducing complementary foods at 4 months. Is it such an early introduction or is it worth the wait? Let's see.
What better way to start feeding
At what age you would not start to feed your toddler, it is worth starting with a few drops of fresh apple juice (3-4 drops). If the child does not experience any allergic reaction, and he is happy to eat new food for him, you can gradually increase the dose. After 30 days, the amount of juice offered can reach 30 ml (about 6 teaspoons). You can buy it in finished form, but you can also make it yourself: grind the apple on a fine grater, squeeze the liquid through gauze from the resulting slurry. Do not give the child the juice from the last time. New lure - new apple.
When it is necessary to introduce lure
Opinions of pediatricians and, accordingly, mummies in this matter differ. Some people advise introducing complementary foods in 4 months or even earlier (2-3 months), others do not recommend giving the baby something other than mom's milk.Disputes in this area do not subside, but the final decision on the beginning of the change in the diet of the child remains for the young mother.
The sooner the better or adhere to who?
Pediatricians of the old school in one voice say that the first supplements can be administered in the form of a few drops of the aforementioned apple juice, when the child is 3 weeks old, the baby can already get a decoction of vegetables per month, and by 10 weeks boiled can be introduced yolk. Food in 4 months, in their opinion, may already include fruit and vegetable puree, it is also acceptable to puree from poultry meat, for example. On the other hand, the WHO claims that such an early introduction of complementary foods is very detrimental to the baby's digestive system. The World Health Organization, whose opinion is more authoritative today, proposes to introduce new foods to the baby’s diet no earlier than 6 months in the case of breastfeeding and 5 months if the baby is fed on special formulas. However, this is not the rule, and a young mother should focus on her baby, because in this matter everything is very individual.
What if the child does not want to eat complementary foods?
If you decide to introduce lure in 4 months, but your baby categorically refuses new delicacies, then in no case insist. Also, do not stuff a child with juices and mashed potatoes even in six months, if he does not like the new menu. Remember that each baby is different, and what is ideal for one may be contraindicated to another toddler. In order for the baby to start learning the adult menu, the following should happen:
- the time has come, that is, the toddler has really missed her mother's milk, and he needs additional nutrition;
- the child may refuse to lure simply because he did not like him (sour, sweet, salty, etc.), try to choose a different product;
- the baby is interested in what parents eat, precisely when it becomes ready for a new food psychologically. Listen to your baby - and you definitely can not go wrong. Good health to you!