10 Tips for Infant Feeding Project

By: Aleah Zavala

Pros and Cons for Breast Feeding

Pros:

It's always available.

It is easily digestible.

It may protect against allergies and asthma in the future.

Cons:

There can be a certain amount of anxiety and frustration while a mother is learning the process.

If someone else wants to feed the baby with a bottle of breast milk the mother still has to pump.
Breastfeeding takes a lot of energy for your body to make milk, so the mother can often feel quite fatigued.

How do you know when your baby is ready for solid foods and weaning?

Ability to let you know she is full from a "meal" with signs such as turning away from the bottle or breast.

Ability to sit up and hold head up unassisted.

Doubling of birth weight.

How to introduce new foods and a timeline of when they should be introduced

  • Always use clean hands, utensils, and serving dishes.
  • Never let your baby eat unattended.
  • Let your baby dictate likes or dislikes, never force feed.
  • They may need to see or try a new food times before liking it.
  • Never introduce more than 1 food at a time.
  • Use the best quality food you can reasonably afford.
  • Talk to your health care provider about introducing solid foods.
  • Be patient, it takes some time for babies to get used to solid foods.
  • A list of appropriate foods for children under 1 year.

    Rice cereal and other foods with rice have long been recommended as first or early foods for infants and children.

  • Cereals from other grains such as oats, wheat, and barley
  • Vegetable purees
  • Finely chopped meat (good source of iron)
  • A lost of foods to avoid for children under one year and signs of allgeric reactions

    Bread

    Milk

    Oatmeal