HealthPhone: Diverse and Balanced Complementary Foods - Bahasa Indonesia
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All infants should be exclusively breastfed for 6 months, and that adequate complementary foods be added after that. Breastfeeding should be continued up to 2 years of age or beyond with the addition of adequate complementary foods from 6 months of age. Delayed addition of complementary foods can lead to malnutrition.
The purpose of this video is to address the importance of the correct complementary foods for young children. It is intended for the community at large.
When you feed your child, just don't give too much rice porridge. Give complementary foods that are diverse and healthy every day, because what a child needs is different from adults.
An overripe banana, the skin of which has black dots, is a good start. Cut it into small pieces, and mash it up with a spoon or fork. Let the baby sit in your lap and give her only a tiny bit after a breastfeed. Most babies love a banana. Gradually, increase the amount of banana given at each feed to that accepted by the baby. Give her this once or twice a day.
You can try and interchange a banana with an apple or give apple once and banana at another time. Peel an apple and cut it into small bits. Boil and mash them in a mixer or with a spoon and fork. Other seasonal fruits like pears (boiled and mashed), papaya and mango can also be given.
If you have to give other foods, rice preparations are good. Mashed, boiled rice, mixed with milk, can be tried. If you are breastfeeding, you can add your milk to the rice.
You may be wrongly advised to give rice water and soup at this time, but these hardly give the child any nutrition. They may instead fill up her stomach and quench her thirst, and consequently may lead to less suckling at the breast with reduced milk production.
Allergy to citrus fruits is common and so such fruits should be tried after 9 months, and after the age of 1 year in allergy prone children.
Mashed and cooked vegetables with cooking oil can also be given. Dark green, leafy vegetables, carrots, pumpkin, potatoes, beans, peas, marrow and beet can be tried. Begin with 1 or 2 teaspoons and increase progressively. As vegetables are not fully digested by the baby, small bits may be passed along with the stool. This is normal. Also a child having beet may have red-coloured stools or urine.
Don't listen to wrong information. Your child is not an adult. He/she needs complementary foods that are diverse and balanced. Don't just fill their tummies carelessly.
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HealthPhone: Diverse and Balanced Complementary Foods