Lure: you decide
The timing and methods of introduction of complementary foods cause heated discussions among modern pediatricians. Their differences are so great that specialists can give parents completely different recommendations regarding the same baby. As a result, mothers most often make decisions on the introduction of complementary foods, based on their own ideas about what is good and what is bad. So what are they choosing from?
Prikorm "Soviet-style." During those decades when our country was called the Soviet Union, doctors recommended introducing complementary foods already in 1-2 months, since it was believed that the nutrients that breast milk contains are not enough for the baby. Apple juice was first introduced into the menu, then grated apple, cottage cheese, vegetable puree, and then porridge, and they began with decoys that were unanimously criticized today. The volume of new products was gradually increased, and the amount of milk offered was reduced, as a result, the supplements became a full meal. This system today has a mass of opponents who believe that too early introduction of new products adversely affects the state of the baby’s gastrointestinal tract, and it was due to the fact that mothers went to work early and did not have the opportunity to keep breastfeeding. But it should be noted that practically all contemporary adult Russians were fed by the “Soviet method”, and they feel quite good at the same time.
In accordance with the recommendations of WHO. The World Health Organization advises to acquaint the baby with a new food not earlier than in 6 months. Until this age, according to Western doctors, the child should be breastfed, and if this is not possible, then get adapted milk formulas. According to WHO experts, milk contains all the necessary nutrients to crumbs, and the introduction of complementary foods is not due to their shortage, but to the expansion of the crumbs' outlook. It is recommended to begin feeding on this system with a vegetable monopure (if the child is prone to constipation) or porridge (if digestion is in order). The portions are small, they are offered after breastfeeding, without setting a task to replace it. The following product is introduced only after it becomes clear that the previous one is already absorbed completely and without problems. Over time, very gradually, the lure displaces breast milk or the mixture, and by the year the baby is applied to the breast or bottle only once, usually at night, and then he quickly goes to the common table.
Natural (pedagogical) method. This method of introduction of complementary foods is now becoming increasingly prevalent among young mothers, especially supporters of prolonged breastfeeding on demand. According to this system, upon reaching 6 months of age, the baby begins to make a company to parents for family meals and, staying with mom in her arms, gets to sample products that interest him. Naturally, the portions of these purely introductory and represent the tiny pieces that mom puts the baby in her mouth. It is important here that the family adheres to the principles of healthy eating, only then the child will be able to taste the foods that are present on the common table. In this case, the baby is not limited in milk, but simply give him to get acquainted with different tastes. This system does not set itself the task of increasing the number of new products in a child’s diet and bringing their volume to a certain indicator. Her goal is to form a natural eating behavior and ability to make choices in the baby. Therefore, the child is offered only those products that interest him, especially since their number naturally expands over time. True, the number of “pedagogical” complementary foods usually remains not too large for a year, but the number of products with which the child has time to get acquainted is usually impressive.
Regardless of which method you choose, it is important to remember that any new products are introduced into the baby’s menu gradually, starting with very small portions. Otherwise, the child’s gastrointestinal tract can hardly adapt to the novelty. This is often manifested by intestinal colic, which, although easily removed with natural preparations based on fruit extract and fennel essential oil, can still make life difficult for both the little one and its parents. The gradual introduction of complementary foods is also necessary in order to track allergic reactions that are increasingly common among modern kids: and they can occur not after the first sample of the new product, but much later.
In any case, it is important to focus on the individual characteristics and taste preferences of the crumbs - force-feeding even a very healthy, but not likeable baby product is unlikely to benefit him.