If you are able, breastfeeding is best. It provides all the nutritional health benefits as Mother Nature intended. In readying for and during breastfeeding, it's important that mums eat a healthy, balanced diet.
If you're considering bottle feeding, seek professional medical advice first. Introducing bottle feeding either partially or exclusively, may reduce the supply of your own breast milk, which makes reversing the decision not to breast feed difficult. Also consider the social and financial implications, such as convenience and cost over time.
When using infant formula, always follow the instructions for use carefully, unnecessary or improper use may make your baby ill.
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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.
Put egg yolk into a cup or small ramekin (½ cup capacity). Use a tiny whisk or a fork to mix yolk and water until smooth.
Cover cup with foil. Place in a steamer insert and set over simmering water. Cover pot. Steam for 4 to 5 minutes.
Remove from heat to cool before serving.
If any cooked egg yolk is left over, cover and promptly refrigerate it. Use within 2 days.
Variation: Blended egg yolk and greens
After steaming an egg yolk blend a little with vegetable purée.
• 1 tablespoon baby's steamed egg yolk (see above)
• 1 tablespoon cooked chopped courgette/zucchini
• 1 tablespoon cooked chopped broccoli
Use a stick blender or mini processor to blend cooked egg yolk and vegetables to a smooth purée.
When baby has progressed to slightly more lumpy textures, just whisk or stir cooked yolk into the cooked, mashed vegetables.