21.06.2021

The introduction of complementary foods during breastfeeding

The scheme for the introduction of complementary foods during breastfeeding is quite simple. Some “modern” pediatricians advise to introduce complementary foods almost from the 3rd month of a child’s life. This is not necessary, up to 6 months the baby receives all the substances he needs from breast milk. So the authoritative doctor E. Komarovsky considers. Early feeding tips can only be advised by baby food manufacturers and people interested in increasing sales.

From 6 months you can begin to introduce complementary foods. Pay attention to a gradual increase in the dose  – this way the body can adapt to new food for it without stress.

Do not give the child several products on the same day, because with a negative reaction of the body, you will not understand what the baby reacted to.

If there is enough milk – complementary foods from 6 months
Products

Age (months)

6

7

8

9

10-12

Vegetable Puree

From 5 g, gradually increasing to 100 g

100-120 g

120-150 g

150-180 g

180-200 g

Dairy-free cereals

From 10 g, gradually increasing to 150 g

150-180 g

150-180 g

200 g

Fruit puree

From 5 g, gradually increasing to 30 g

40-60 g

60 g

70 g

80-110 g

Vegetable oil

1 g (about 1/5 tsp)

3 g (about half teaspoon)

5 g (1 tsp)

6 g (a little over 1 tsp)

Butter

1 g

3-5 g

5 g

Fruit juices

10 ml to 30 ml

50 ml

60-110 ml

Cookies, crackers

3-5 g

5 g

10 g

Wheat bread

5 g

5 g

10 g

Meat Puree

10-30 g

30-50 g

60-80 g

Milk porridge

From 5 g, gradually increasing to 180-200 g

180-200 g

Cottage cheese

10-30 g

40-50 g

Dairy products

From 10 ml, gradually increasing to 150 ml

150-200 ml

Yolk

Fourth

Half

Mashed fish

10 g to 50-60 g

If milk is not enough

If there is enough milk, the mother should administer complementary foods to the baby no earlier than 6 months.

But what if milk is not enough? The best solution is to feed up to 6 months with a good milk mixture, and then introduce complementary foods according to the scheme presented above.

But if the finances for the purchase of mixtures in the family are sorely lacking, you can begin to introduce complementary foods from 4 months.

Table of the introduction of complementary foods for a child with breast milk deficiency and the impossibility of acquiring infant formula

Products

Age (months)

4

5

6

7

8

9

10-12

Vegetable Puree

From 5 g, gradually increasing to 100 g

100-120 g

100-120 g

120-150 g

150-170 g

150-180 g

180-200 g

Dairy-free cereals

From 10 g, gradually increasing to 150 g

150-180 g

180-200 g

Fruit puree

From 5 g, gradually increasing to 30 g

40-60 g

60 g

70 g

80 g

90-110 g

Vegetable oil

1 g (about 1/5 tsp)

3 g (about half teaspoon)

3 g (about half teaspoon)

5 g (1 tsp)

5 g (1 tsp)

6 g (a little over 1 tsp)

Butter

1 g

3-5 g

3-5 g

3-5 g

5 g

Fruit juices

10 ml to 30 ml

50 ml

60-70 ml

80-110 ml

Cookies, crackers

3-5 g

5 g

5 g

10 g

Yolk

Fourth

Half

Half

Half

Cottage cheese

10-30 g

30-40 g

40 g

40-50 g

Milk porridge

From 5 g, gradually increasing to 180-200 g

180-200 g

180-200 g

180-200 g

Wheat bread

5 g

5 g

10 g

Meat Puree

10-30 g

30-50 g

60-80 g

Dairy products

From 10 ml, gradually increasing to 150 ml

150-200 ml

150-200 ml

Mashed fish

10 g to 50-60 g

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