Tuesday, March 10, 2009

INFANT FEEDING GUIDELINES


From TODAY, Voices
Monday, 09-March-2009

By Dr Bill Maier


If you have a baby or toddler at home, it might be time to review those recommended dietary guidelines for kids. A new study shows that too many parents are ignoring doctors’ advice when it comes to feeding babies.

A significant number of babies are starting out on solid foods too early. About a quarter of the infants studied between 19 and 24 months of age were being served junk food like hot dogs, bacon or sausage every day, and they were not eating a single bite of fruit.

The best age to introduce solid foods and juices is around four to six months. Babies should not be given cow’s milk until after their first birthday.

Paediatricians also recommend we do not feed babies low-fat dairy products until after the age of two. Infants need the fat in whole milk to develop properly.
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