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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From 7 months offer your baby a wider variety of foods to provide the balance of nutrients needed. Gradually change textures, adding mashed, minced and lumpier textures to encourage chewing. This is important for healthy teeth and jaw development, which later can affect speech.
Chicken livers are an excellent source of iron for young children – and good to boost mum’s iron levels too. Chicken livers are soft and easy to turn into a smooth,...
A mild flavoured, green purée
Makes about 1 cup
This is a tasty treat that doesn't contain too much sugar. It is a good source of calcium and iron.
Ripe, mashed avocado is a lovely spreading texture for baby’s finger food snacks.
Makes 12 to 16 very tender meatballs
Baby may be ready for finger foods now, and these meatballs are ideal. The secret of success...
This is a simple, little beef casserole including lamb kidneys. Both meats are especially rich in iron. Use some for an adult meal, the rest to make puréed...