Baby's First Complementary Food

UMMATIMES - Breast milk is the main and first baby food for your baby. It is rich in various kinds of needs that are needed by babies, all of which are in breast milk. So that any type of food will be difficult to match the quality of breast milk. A good period of exclusive breastfeeding for your baby is up to 6 months of age. This means that until the age of 6 months the baby does not need other food, because all the needs the baby needs are contained in breast milk. So, breast milk is the best baby food.

However, sometimes the breast milk that a baby hopes to enjoy until the age of 6 months is not fulfilled. Sometimes breast milk can only be enjoyed by babies up to 3 months of age or even less. This is caused by various obstacles, including the mother is busy working or the lack of good milk production produced both in quality and quantity. Therefore, many babies younger than 6 months are given foods other than breast milk. In exchange, mothers provide their babies with formula milk. Indeed, there is no other choice but to do this, but the question is, can formula milk meet all the needs of babies as well as breast milk? to cover this, complementary foods are needed. However, this also depends on the sensitivity and resistance of the digestive system of the baby itself. This is because many cases of infants have not been able to "receive" complementary foods under the age of 6 months.

Here we provide some recommended and unsolicited food menus regarding first complementary foods for babies other than breast milk, especially at the age of 4-6 months, if breast milk can no longer be enjoyed by the baby.

Recommended food

  • Rice flour porridge or brown rice cooked using liquid or meat or vegetable broth, formula milk (ASI) or water
  • Puree or use a blender such as papaya, banana, apple, melon and avocado.
  • Boiled vegetables and beans are then mashed in a blender. When blending it should be added with broth or boiled water to make it smoother. These vegetables and beans are peas, kidney beans, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkin, green beans.
  • Choose lean meat, then in the blender
  • Blended fish. Fish that are used are not spiny such as salmon fillets, snapper fillets.

Not Recommended Food

  • Foods that contain gluten protein include wheat flour, barley, wheat germ and cakes made from wheat flour. All these types of food can make the baby's stomach bloated, nauseous and diarrhea in the baby. This is caused by a gluten intolerance reaction.
  • Avoid adding sugar, salt, cooking spices or flavorings to baby food
  • Food is too fatty
  • Fruits that are too acidic such as oranges and soursop
  • The food is too spicy or the seasonings are too sharp.
  • Fruits that contain gas, durian, cempedak. Gassy vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips. Both of these foods can make the baby's stomach bloated.
  • Peanuts, can cause allergies or swelling of the throat so that the baby has difficulty breathing.
  • sometimes eggs can trigger allergies. Give gradually and in small portions. If the baby is allergic, stop immediately
  • Cow's milk and its preparations that can make babies allergic or lactose intolerance