The power of language does so much. For example, the word “bubble-breaker” gives many the expectation that the amniotic sac might or might not explode when birth begins. Even when it comes to baby nutrition, expectations are not always the same. For many people, the word complementary food or porridge sounds much more substantial than mother‘s milk.
However, the first vegetable pies are far inferior to nutmeg nutrient technology. But still, three spoonfuls of early carrot quickly feel more rich in content than the breastmilk meal, which is in any case not quantitatively controllable. Even the Premilch in the vial has a relatively waterless consistency. Recently, a colleague sent a mail with an excerpt from the dietary supplements in New Zealand, because she especially found this passage very useful:
As your baby starts eating other foods, breast milk is still an important part of their diet. Until your baby is 8-9 months old, it’s best to give them breast milk before solid food. That way they’ll get all the milk they need to grow well. “
It is recommended that the baby be pre-breast-fed in the first few months of feeding, before the baby-food is given. A useful advice, because most babies want to be breastfed or fed with milk. Especially if they have not yet had the experience that porridge or finger food can also satisfy. At first, a hungry baby is therefore not curious about complementary foods, but simply wants to quench his hunger as usual.
“Solids as replenishment”
The colleague had run parts of the New Zealand recommendations through some translation program, and, as sometimes happens with translations, the following passage also came out:
“Give your baby the first milk feed at 8 to 9 months old, and then replenish it with solids.”
Of course we had to smile a bit. But the more I think about it, the term “milk food” for the complementary phase may not be such a bad term. Forage sounds rich and feeds on food. In order to reassure parents of strained baby nerves, I often have to point out the importance of breast milk or milk for non-breastfed children.
Babies are infants not only in their first months, but throughout the first year of life. And it is with this suckling food that small human children are growing faster than ever. They double their birth weight in the first months – exclusively with milk feed. This must be made aware of again and again, if in phases the complementary foods get too high importance in the baby‘s everyday life. As the automatic translator said so aptly, the “solids only as a replenishment” should be offered. The liquid “milk food” remains a longer staple food, as some health food diet suggests.
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