When Should i start my child on solids

Feeding November 16, 2016


Introduction of complementary feedings before six months of age generally does not increase total caloric intake or rate of growth and only substitutes foods that lack the protective components of human milk.”1

As you can see, there is no clear cut age when it is best to start solids. The best time to start offering your baby other foods is when he shows signs of being ready.

Of course this time will be different for each baby. We do not expect all babies to crawl or walk or potty train on a certain day of their lives, and we should not expect them all to need solid foods at the same time either. You are the expert on your baby!

Here are some of the signs that your baby may be ready for solids.

He will be able to:

sit up on the floor for about ten minutes without support 2
use his finger and thumb to pick up toys and put them in his mouth
swallow a tiny bit of soft food, like ripe banana, without pushing it out of his mouth with his tongue
At this stage, he will probably also seem to be more hungry than usual. If you have already tried nursing him more frequently, and he still does not seem to be satisfied, he may be ready to start adding other foods to his diet. Babies sometimes also want to nurse more because they are teething or not feeling well or going through a growth spurt, so be sure to rule those things out first.

Mothers sometimes wonder if their babies are ready for solids at about four months because of the way their babies are behaving.

Four months is about the time that many babies start to become more interested in the world around them. They are taking everything in. For example, they may pull away from the breast in response to a sudden noise. They may even try to take the breast with them! They may not seem to be as interested in nursing so often or may learn to gulp down their milk quickly to get back to more fun activities.

These are all normal and common ways for four-month-olds to behave. You may find it helpful to nurse your baby in a quiet, dark room a couple of times during the day in order to avoid distractions. Some mothers like wearing a nursing necklace (beads strung and knotted on extra-strong cord that the baby can hold while nursing) because it can help him stay focused on breastfeeding.

Have you noticed your baby watching you very carefully while YOU eat? Does he pretend to chew? This behavior shows how babies learn and practice, and it is one of the signs that they will soon be ready to start eating table foods.

Just follow your baby’s cues and your own instincts.

There is no rush. Nothing magical happens on the very minute/hour/day of the sixth month birthday. A switch does not suddenly turn off and make mother’s milk suddenly inadequate! In fact, some babies have no interest in other foods until much later, sometimes not until they are about a year old.

As long as your baby is happy and healthy, gaining weight, and meeting all his milestones, he is doing fine!

Some parents are told that they must introduce solids by a certain age to provide extra iron and prevent anemia. If there is a concern about your baby’s being anemic, your doctor can do a simple blood test. It only takes a few minutes to see if your baby has enough iron. It is almost unheard of for a completely breastfed baby to have low iron stores or low hemoglobin values before six to nine months. One study, by Piscane, 1995 3, found infants who were exclusively breastfed for seven months (not given iron fortified cereals or iron supplements) had significantly higher hemoglobin values at one year old than breastfed babies who had received solid foods before seven months. None of the babies who were breastfed exclusively for 7 months were anemic at one year, while some of the babies who did receive solids before seven months were found to be anemic. Research like this suggests that delaying solids can reduce the risks of anemia.

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Woolworths slammed for banning dad who tried to buy infant formula for his nine-week-old son – NEWS.com.au

Feeding October 31, 2016


Adrian Cheng’s shocking treatment by Woolies came at the most exciting time of his life.

HE’S been a loyal Woolworths customer since his youth when he worked at the supermarket check-out, but Adrian Cheng’s allegiance has come to an end.

And it’s a slap in the face from the retailer during what should be a celebratory time that has severed the Sydney dad’s loyalty.

After deciding to give online shopping a whirl, Mr Cheng was left shocked and humiliated when Woolworths banned him from its platform — all because he placed an order for four tins of baby formula.

As the proud father of a newborn baby boy, he thought he would try out the convenience of ordering online, rather than carrying heavy tins of formula home in the rain.

Not only was Mr Cheng’s account suspended, but when he followed up with Woolworths’ customer service team, they refused to budge.

“I emailed them back asking ‘why did you ban me?’” he told news.com.au.

“They called me the next day and said ‘potentially you might have had multiple accounts … We believe you may have committed fraud’.”

Mr Cheng could not help but wonder if it was his Chinese surname that raised a red flag.

It’s not the first time Woolworths has been accused of discrimination over its baby formula sales.

In December, news.com.au revealed signs taped to the supermarket’s shelves gave a two-can limit in Mandarin, with an identical notice in English stating that the limit was four cans.

A Woolworths spokesman said this had been due to an unfortunate error.

Woolworths has struggled to keep its shelves stocked with baby formula as grey market exports boom.Source:Supplied

Upset and offended by Woolies’ handling of his matter, Mr Cheng posted on Facebook:

“Not even the courtesy of a phone call to validate the order, just an email cancellation and customer service telling me to write a email so they can ‘validate’ my claims.

“I’ve always had such fierce loyalty growing up working for them, and growing the shares first issued to me, this is more than a slap in the face.”

Mr Cheng said he felt ashamed of the bad publicity surrounding the profiteering behaviour over baby formula and bitter at how it affected parents.

“This affects legitimate people who need to provide for their children.”

The supermarkets’ struggle to keep shelves stocked with the product dubbed “white gold” has been widely publicised, as have the action of some customers of Chinese heritage who have been spotted clearing out supermarket shelves.

With suppliers unable to keep up with overseas demand, some customers with connections in China have been snapping up as many tins as they can get their hands on.

These “grey market” exporters buy the product in bulk from supermarkets, package them in the backrooms of courier companies and souvenir shops, and ship them to China where they can be marked up by as much as 400 per cent.

A man walks past Chinese courier company Chang Jiang on Swanston Street in Melbourne with a box of baby formula, which the firm packages and sends to China.Source:News Corp Australia

China’s demand for Australian infant formula has skyrocketed since 2008, when melamine contamination in China’s local products killed six babies and made 300,000 seriously ill.

With Chinese parents willing to pay $100 a can for the “clean and green” Australian product, grey market exports have led to shortages that affect availability for local parents, with the supermarkets struggling to enforce their maximum limits of two to four cans.

But while Mr Cheng understands this difficulty, he does not see why honest customers like himself should be singled out.

And, as a Woolworths loyalty card holder, he argued the retailer should have enough data about his past transactions to know that he is legitimate.

“I get emails when Golden Gaytimes are on special,” he said, as an indication of how well the company knows his shopping habits.

The Australian-born professional said he had grown accustomed to receiving suspicious stares while buying formula at his local Chemist Warehouse, but usually tried to shrug it off.

“When you walk out with two cans, everyone’s looking at you,” he said.

He’s now ready to rip up his rewards card and bypass his former supermarket of choice.

Meanwhile, two other families have come forward with similar stories to Mr Cheng.

Sydney’s Reginald Dong said he also tried to buy four tins of baby formula on the Woolworths website, but his order was cancelled.

“I rang Woolworth online and the customer service guy could not explain the reason but just said I’d breached the term and conditions,” Mr Dong said.

When he asked which terms and conditions he had broken, he said, the staff member “couldn’t answer”.

“I have a 16-months-old baby at home needs to be fed, and I understand the situation happening here, but I feel I did nothing wrong. I ordered four tins, which they advised online is the limit.”

And in a separate incident, news.com.au reader Sarah Kong had her account blocked after ordering four cans online.

Mrs Kong detailed her complaint in a post on the Woolworths Facebook page on January 3, which she said received no response.

A Woolworths spokesman promised that the retailer’s customer service team would contact Mr Cheng to “have the matter resolved quickly”.

“Woolworths is trying to manage our supplies of baby formula for our online customers given the issues with supply and high demand,” the spokesman said in a statement.

“In some cases, we suspend accounts pending a confirmation that the order fits within our terms and conditions.

“In this case it seems the customer has had a poor experience and Woolworths apologises for this.”

News.com.au has alerted Woolworths to the cases of Mr Dong and Mrs Kong.

Shoppers are buying up baby formula to send to China sparking a shortage of the powder. Courtesy Seven News

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Feeding October 31, 2016

Fussy Eater

Many babies and toddlers experience a stage of fussy feeding, even when they have been great eaters. This can be very stressful on parents, especially when they don’t seem to eat much and then start to refuse certain foods altogether, usually all the healthy ones!

Some children are naturally very sensitive to food tastes, texture, or smell. Children are very good at mimicking grown up behaviour and gaining attention, some children may become fussy eaters if their parents place pressure on them to eat, or are fussy about their own food.

Feeding a Fussy Eater – Meal Time Tips:

  • Make meal times routine, regular and predictable. Start to develop an eating routine of three meals a day plus healthy snacks in between, with the television off.
  • Keep offering new foods now and again. The more your child becomes familiar with this food, the more likely they will learn to accept it (It may take up to 10 times of introducing the food before they eat it!).
  • Try alternatives if certain foods are avoided or try different ways of preparing the food.
  • The most time-efficient way to ensure they are trying a whole range of foods is to batch cook, and freeze into Freezer Pods. Introduce one new food a week.
  • Encourage your toddler to sit down for meals and snacks. Their risk of choking is increased if they eat or drink while moving around.
  • Do not force your toddler to eat everything on their plate. If your toddler no longer wants to continue eating, it is helpful to explain to your child that their meal is over and remove the plate.
  • Do not use food as a reward as this food can become more desirable and be over-consumed in the future.
  • Avoid providing non-nutritious foods to make up for missed meals.
  • Be a good role model, if you eat healthily your toddler will follow in your footsteps. If you do indulge in some unhealthy food, try to do it while they are sleeping and store it out of sight and reach.
  • Avoid cooking extras or special food for your child outside meal times if they are refusing to eat at meals.
  • Be realistic about the small amounts of food that your toddler may naturally eat.
  • By eating with your toddler, and including your child at family meals, you can model your enjoyment of eating healthy meals. You may also wish to reinforce your child’s eating behaviours by giving him or her compliments.

Article Supplied online by   newbornbaby.com.au

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