How to Make Your Infant Leave Breast Feed
1. It is as important as to make him learn breast feeding. As the child grows, its physical need for good also grows and after about for months he or she should also be given easily digestible other eatables like soup, dal-water and other liquid diets. Even some semi-liquid food can also be given at this stage.
2. Craving for the mother’s milk can be diminished by gradually filling his or her belly with the above items.
3. Do not let the child develop the impression that his or her right over the mother’s milk is over. Otherwise it would lead to serious emotional imbalances in the child’s psychology.
1. When your child is three months old or more, give her or him orange juice through a clean bottle and other light juices of different fruits and vegetables. Let him or her have a variety of tastes but not all thrown at his palate in one go. Gradually make him develop the taste of different juices.
2. You can also give him mashed potatoes, other boiled and easily digestible vegetables etc., when he or she is about four months old.
3. After he is five or six months old give him taste of suji’s kheer, porridge, sabudana, etc. Supplement this diet with milk-diet. It is better to feed him on these edibles and then make him have his milk, almost as the last course of his dinner or lunch.
4. There are many types of good-quality baby-food available in the market. Feed him on these gradually, after making them more tasty by mixing some orange juice, mashed banana, etc. If your child likes orange juice he would have these baby food easily if mixed with the items of his or her special choice.
5. When your child is about a year old, let him or her have food like the elders have, preferably in their company. Let him have everything he wants after a years or so. If he or she in not able to chew big pieces of vegetables, mash them to semi-liquid form.
6. Baby-cereals, porridge, sabudana, suji kheer, rice kheer, custard, eggs, ice-cream, biscuits, bean-meals. vegetables like potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, etc. should be given.
7. Remember not to feed him all the time. Fix the time intervals and feed him or her accordingly.
8. Those children who are reared only on milk after four months become rather anaemic because milk has very little iron, an essential item to generate more blood. After a year or so, the child learns to hold a spoon. Allow him or her to have his or own food. The greatest advantage of the self-feeding is : he cannot over-feed himself.
1. In case the mother is unwilling to breast-feed her child or after certain age of the child when breast-feeding is not possible owing to some social or personal reasons, the mother would have to revert to bottle-feeding her child. She must choose the bottle manufactured by some reputed company which has graduated scale for the measurement of milk.
2. But always wash this bottle in boiling-salt water to disinfect it totally, including the nipple. Although you can also disinfect it by chlorine tablets yet it has its own danger. Suppose you forget to fully clean the chlorine content ? It is for this reason washing the bottle in salt-water is more safe though a bit cumbersome.
The Correct Way of Bottle-feeding Your Child
1. First check whether the milk is of adequate temperature or not. Test the heat of the milk by taking its few drops on your hand. Also, be wary to see that the hole in the nipple is open or not. Sometimes owing to some blockade in the hole, the child is unable to get full diet and the mother might think she or he is not drinking milk voluntarily ! Initially make a very fine hole in the nipple and gradually increase the bore of the hole, as your child grows. Make sure that you have disinfected the needle or pin properly before penetrating the nipple by it.
2. While bottle-feeding your child, take precaution that your child does not inhale the air inside the bottle, i.e., the angle of the bottle should also tilt with the reduction of the quantity of the milk inside the bottle. Every baby-milk-food carton has a table on it to tell you about the required quantity of milk necessary for your child accordingly to his or her age. Feed your child according to that table. Remember that after six months, milk-whether bottled or mother’s-is to supplement his normal diet of dals, vegetables, pulses and fruit and not to replace it.