Important Information About Giving Milk to a BabyGiving Milk to a Baby - Providing complementary food ASI (formula) or formula milk is one of the crucial periods in the first 1000 days of a child's life. Research shows that during this transition period, many babies experience failure to thrive due to poor quality MPASI. This period is also a critical moment for the Little One to learn to eat. Moreover, the provision of appropriate MPASI can support the optimal growth and development of the Little One.
Therefore, the proper method of providing MPASI and other questions about MPASI will be discussed thoroughly in the following article.
Basic Principles of Giving MPASIMPASI recommend to given following the following four principles:
Signs of readiness to start MPASI that must assess with the doctor, namely:
- The little one shows interest in food.
- Upright neck and the little one can lift their head without help.
- 'Melting' reflex (removing food from the mouth) decreases.
Introduce small quantities of fruits and vegetables by observing the intake and composition of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in MPASI. Give food from food that is usually used by families. Moreover, the iron and DHA content of mackerel is higher than the salmon which is quite a favourite to become the MPASI menu.
Giving Milk to a Baby - MPASI give with the amount and texture improved according to the stages. Delay in the introduction of composition at the age of 6-9 months is at risk of causing problems with eating in children later on. Use a 250 ml bowl to ensure the intake of the little one. Following are guidelines for providing MPASI:
- Age of Texture Frequency MPASI
- Six months 2-3 tablespoons 2-3 times a day Thick porridge (puree), strain, until pulverised.
- Eight months (6-9 months) Increase gradually to ½ bowl 250 ml (200 kcal/day or 30% of the target calorie needs) 2-3 times a day + snacks 1-2 times a day Coarse filter food, can start finger food.
- 9-12 months ½- ¾ bowl 250 ml (300 kcal/day or 50% of the target caloric needs) 3-4 times a day + snack 1-2 times a day Team rice, finely chopped or rough food.
- 12-23 months ¾ bowl 250 ml (550 kcal/day or 70% of the target calorie needs) 3-4 times a day + snack 1-2 times a day Same with food eaten by the family.
Safe and hygienic (safe)
Contaminating bacteria can grow in food, store solids in the refrigerator with temperatures less than 5 degrees Celsius (bottom freezer). Store meat and fish in plastic, and put them apart from cooked food. Food stored in room temperature (5-60 degrees Celsius), can only last for 2 hours.
Ripe solids can store in the refrigerator (with temperatures less than 5 degrees Celsius), for feeding for a day after being stored in a closed container. Storage duration depends on the type of food used. Frozen storage can be heated by soaking water with a plastic food wrap, and make sure to replace the water every 30 minutes. MPASI can also be warmed using a microwave, but it should note that the heat produced is not evenly distributed. Keep in mind, frozen foods that have Cooke are not suitable for freezing again.