The earliest transition time to supplementary feeding should be 4-6 months. But if breastfeeding is enough, you can delay the transition process for up to 6 months. The transition to additional nutrition should not last too long for the correct and timely development of self-chewing habits.
A child who is already 4 months old can start eating solid food. In order to ensure the chewing skill, you should gradually add pieces of solid food to the intermediate feeding. As you begin the process of switching to supplemental feeding, do not stop breastfeeding. On average, breast-feeding is desirable not to stop until 2 years of age.
According to some experts, even after 2 years of breastfeeding can be continued along with additional nutrition. For example, you can prepare a Breakfast in the morning as follows: gently fried toast with boiled egg and cheese inside and any drink that your child likes. Thus, the child will learn to chew faster. But be careful not to use oil and make sure that the size of the bitten off pieces of food is not too big.
Other products for additional nutrition
When introducing supplemental nutrition to your child’s diet, try to avoid fatty foods. For lunch, you can prepare soup with fresh vegetables and compote with seasonal berries and fruits. The finished fruit juices contain too much sugar, chemical additives, various preservatives and stabilizers. For this reason, we definitely do not recommend the use of purchased juices. Fruit juices squeezed from fresh fruit at home can be a great healthy alternative to store-bought juices. For dinner, also try to combine natural supplemental nutrition with breastfeeding.
We recommend giving your children water regularly. Dehydration can lead to various diseases. Also, try not to overfeed the child, especially at night. If you notice that breastfeeding and supplemental nutrition together is too much for the baby, it is better to postpone the transition to supplemental nutrition for up to 6 months. Remember that the healthiest food is their mother’s milk.