What are the important attributes of foods for complementary feeding?
- Prefer the regular family food that is locally available and culturally acceptable rather than cooking special foods.
- The recent concept of “Baby-led Weaning”, i.e., feed as per baby’s choice shall be practiced.
- Easily digestible and nourishing food.
- Taste and palatability of food for the infant.
- Start feeding with small amounts and gradually increase the quantity with the increasing age of the child.
- The consistency, frequency, and variety should change as the infant grows, depending upon the requirements and the feeding abilities.
- A variety of nutrient-rich foods shall be offered to ensure the body requirements.
- During illness, the principle of more fluids including frequent breastfeeding and encouragement to eat soft, favourite foods should be followed. After illness, promote feeding more often than usual so as to replenish the deficient intake.
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