Cast your mind back to those nostalgic days of preparing baby’s first real meal…..the love and care you put into cooking a real meal then pureeing it so it’s easily digestible.
Well you did it all wrong according to a BBC report on a new Unicef study. Spoon-feeding babies pureed food is unnatural and unnecessary says Gill Rapley, deputy director of Unicef’s Baby Friendly Initiative. In fact, she says, children should be fed only with breast or formula milk
for six months, then weaned onto solids to improve control over how
much they ate.
After six months, Rapley says babies are capable of taking food into their mouths and chewing it so feeding them pureed food at this time could delay the development of chewing skills.
"Rapley argued that babies fed pureed food had little
control over how much food they ate, thus rendering them vulnerable to
constipation, and running a risk that they would react by becoming
fussy eaters later in life," writes the BBC.
Food for thought, something to chew on? Let the comments flow.