When feeding your baby, understanding how much food he/she needs can be tricky. With a little knowledge and observation, you will easily be able to identify when you have fed your child the appropriate amount of food.
May 24, 2016
While feeding your baby, understanding how much food he/she needs can be tricky. With a little knowledge and observation, you will easily be able to identify when you have fed your child the appropriate amount of food.
Too much? Shakes her head or says “no”: Baby refuses to eat? There’s no point insisting… You should try to meet your child’s needs. If they are no longer hungry, don’t force them to eat more.
Plays or throws her food: Baby throws food off the table? It’s time to stop the havoc! If your baby was hungry, they’d eat the food instead of playing with it.
Gets distracted easily?: Baby seems in another world? Your baby is probably satisfied. According to their level of activity, the amount your baby eats at each meal may vary from one day to another.
Covers her mouth with her hands: Baby refuses the spoon? They are probably satisfied. Note what your baby likes to eat and how much and when in a diary. These notes may prove to be useful for visits to the paediatrician.
Too little? Points, reaches or asks for specific foods: Is your baby fascinated by their food? They may still be hungry. Let your baby eat with their fingers a little to practise independent feeding.
Too little? Leads you to the fridge or kitchen: Baby wants to set the table? Your baby may still be peckish. It’s not surprising with all these new activities! You can give your baby some treats such as wholegrain rice puffs or a little piece of bread to practise chewing and independent feeding.
Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
Nestlé Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.
The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.
Nestlé Baby & me is here to share the latest evidence-based information to ensure you feel supported and confident that you’re giving your baby the best possible nutrition.