5 Tips for Infant Nutrition
Babies First Foods
It’s the food you feed your baby that provides the nutrients a growing baby needs to be healthy and well. A good start to life really does make a massive difference when it comes to nutrition therefore it’s important to feed your baby good quality, nutrient dense foods. Below are the 5 Top Tips for Infant Nutrition.
- Breast is Best: Especially when mum is eating a wholefood based diet that’s high in good quality proteins from foods such as grass-fed meats and organ meats, good quality fats from butter, coconut oil, olive oil, cod liver oil and egg yolks, as well as complex carbohydrate-rich foods like vegetables, whole grains and fruits. Ideally, maintain breast feeding for 1 year, with a goal of six months for working mothers.
- After Breastfeeding: Ensure your baby is a “whole foods baby”!
Avoid processed and refined foods as much as possible; Its best to make your own baby foods as they will be higher in nutrients the purchased ones. Use purchased ones just for emergencies.
- Slowly Introduce New Foods: One at a time and feed for 4 days to observe any reactions or intolerances. Signs of intolerance include redness around the mouth; abdominal bloating, gas and distention; irritability, fussiness, over-activity and awaking throughout the night; constipation and diarrhoea; frequent regurgitation of foods; nasal and/or chest congestion; and red, chapped or inflamed eczema-like skin rash.
- Introduce Grains Last: A babies first foods should be fruits, veggies, slow cooked meats and broths and plenty of good quality meats. It takes up to 28 months, for the enzymes required to break down carbohydrate (namely amylase) to fully kick. Therefore, avoid cereals, grains and breads last.
- Provide Plenty of Good Quality Fats: The majority of mother’s milk is saturated. Animal fats provide vitamins A and D necessary for protein and mineral assimilation, normal growth and hormone production. Provide a variety of fats found in butter, egg yolk, slow cooked meat, coconut oil, avocados and olive oil.
Minimal solid foods – as tolerated by baby
Egg yolk–if tolerated, preferably from pastured chickens, lightly boiled and salted
Banana–mashed, for babies who are very mature and seem hungry
Cod liver oil— 1/4 teaspoon high vitamin or 1/2 teaspoon regular, given with an eye dropper
Organic liver–grated frozen and added to egg yolk
Pureed meats–lamb, turkey, beef, chicken, liver and fish
Soup broth–(chicken, beef, lamb, fish) added to pureed meats and vegetables, or offered as a drink
Fermented foods–small amounts of yoghurt, kefir, sweet potato, taro, if desired
Raw mashed fruits–banana, melon, mangoes, papaya, avocado
Cooked, pureed fruits–organic apricot, peaches, pears, apples, cherries, berries
Cooked vegetables–zucchini, squash, sweet potato, carrots, beets, with butter or coconut oil