Breastfeeding is best for babies. It provides all the nutritional health benefits as Mother Nature intended. In preparation for and during breastfeeding, it's important that mums eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breast milk, and reversing the decision not to breast feed is difficult. If you're thinking about bottle feeding your baby, always seek professional advice first - from your doctor, midwife or healthcare professional. When using infant formula, you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions for use carefully: unnecessary or improper use may make your baby ill. The social and financial implications, such as convenience and cost to a household over time, should also be considered.
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When babies start having solids, they need smooth purees to learn how to take food from a spoon and accept tastes other than milk. Gradually introduce new foods and flavours as baby accepts the different tastes. New foods should be introduced one at a time, allowing 2-4 days between each new food to ensure baby tolerates the food.
It's easy to steam an egg yolk; it sets softly, and mixes well with cooked, puréed or mashed vegetables, or puréed fruit for a nutritious meal.
Before cooking egg yolk combine it with cooked vegetables. This custard is silky but vegetables are not totally smooth.
Makes about ½ cup apple purée
Instead of peeling and chopping an apple you can cook a whole apple in the microwave then scoop out the cooked pulp for baby’s purée.
Butternut, a winter squash, is shaped like a long, large pear. Skin is beige coloured and flesh is bright orange.
A piece of raw fruit or vegetable wrapped and tied in a piece of muslin (or similar fine meshed fabric such as nylon or terylene curtain net) makes good finger...
Makes about ½ cup