The most important part of raising a healthy baby is a healthy diet. Serious problems can arise if an infant is poor feeding. Poor feeding is when an infant has a lack of interest in feeding or when not receiving the proper amount of nutrition.
Did you know?: 45% of child deaths are caused by malnutrition — World Health Organization
Poor feeding is something to take very seriously. Do not dismiss this health issue thinking that it might improve over time. As a newborn, this stage of the babies life is critical. Missing key nutrients can lead to both physical and cognitive problems.
Causes of Poor Feeding
Premature birth is one of the most common causes of poor feeding as the newborn has not developed the skills needed to suck and swallow milk. Other causes include congenital conditions like herpes and jaundice, stomach infections also Beckwith Wiedemann syndrome. BW is an overgrowth syndrome that causes infants to grow faster than normal. There are many other serious conditions that can cause poor feeding and it’s important to call your pediatrician right away if you notice anything irregular.
Baby feeding tips
- From birth up to 4 months — breast-feeding and formula. At this stage, your baby is still developing its digestive tract so forget about solid foods.
- Age of 4 to 6 months — Babies are ready to try solid foods at this point. A baby is ready when he/she can: hold their head up and sit upright in highchair. It’s also important to make sure they weigh at least 13 pounds, can close their mouth around a spoon, make chewing motions and is showing curiosity for trying new foods.
What to feed (4-8 months)
Being a mommy is not an easy job and sometimes we don’t even have enough time to make ourselves something to eat. Moms that have a hectic schedule and simply don’t have the time to prepare food for their babies should consider Amara Organic Baby Food, the best natural baby food on the market with more than 5 different flavors available. Not only is it one of the healthiest options for your baby but it’s also packaged in convenient little pouches.
If you have the time on your hands then homemade baby food is also another very good option for your baby. You can try with fruits, such as bananas, apples, mango, plums, peaches, nectarines, pears. Most of theses fruits are easy recipes, for example banana; witch contains vitamin A, C and minerals like potassium, selenium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. You can start by peeling the banana and placing it in a food processor or mashing it in a bowl, add formula/breast milk or even water and you’re done!