Without a doubt, mother’s milk to an infant has the most nutritional value until the end of the first six months. So, how many times do you feed the baby during this period?
Dr. Sakeena Samar, Paediatric Nutritionist, Santosh Hospital, Bengaluru, says:
“They need to be fed every hour until six months. If they fall asleep, they need to be woken up and fed breast milk.”
After six months, the baby can be given mashed fruits and vegetables.
The following are the age wise quantities of mashed food that you should give to your baby:
- Six-month baby: 1tbsp of mashed food, two times a week
- Seven-month baby: 1tbsp of mashed food, two-three times a week
- Eight-ten month baby: 2tbsp of mashed food, two-three times a week
- Ten-twelve month baby: 3tbsp-4tbsp of mashed food, two-three times a week
However, if your baby has an upset stomach or spits out the food then avoid giving mashed food for a while and re-introduce it after sometime to see if your baby is allergic to it.
For snacks, you can give your six-month-old baby mashed apple and papaya in minimal quantities. Fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals and even sodium and potassium levels.
Your baby will also need to have sufficient amount of amino acids and iron, so give potatoes, green vegetables, all boiled and mashed.