Hello gorgeous peeps. Today I've got a special edition to the Wholesome Chick archives for you. We are going to delve into Nutrition for newborns, and how best to nourish our little ones in their first months of life. It's a special topic, and one that is close to my heart. This is for the simple fact that good nutrition is the foundation for a healthy life filled with wellness and vitality, and the sooner it begins the better. So, let's get started!
Essentially, feeding babies less than 4 months is about ensuring the mother is getting enough nutrition to meet both her and the baby’s needs. What the mother eats, the baby also eats via breast milk. It is important for mum to have good maternal stores of the following nutrients:
Following a varied diet, including herbs and spices, different tastes such as olives and a combination of sweet and savoury meals will also help develop oral tolerance in the baby. The breast milk changes flavour daily, depending on what the mother eats. Exposure to these different flavours may help avoid having fussy eaters as the child becomes a toddler and older.
Foods that help nourish a newly breastfeeding mother and baby:
Under 4 months – Bottle Fed
Some mothers are unable to breast feed, so formula feeding may be the next option. Many babies will have issues with digesting formula milks, so the best formula for your baby is the one that he can keep down without discomfort. Formula milk is not a complete food like human breast milk, and so will lack key immunological features. We can help combat this by adding things into the formula that will increase its nutritional content.
To a formula feed we can add-
These additions will help protect babies immune system and nourish his rapidly growing brain and cells.
As the baby gets older (over 4 months) we can add things like coconut oil and organic liver to the formula to replace essential fats that are found in breast milk. This is something to discuss with your naturopath or health care provider as required.
There are also home-made formula options available if this is something that interests you. They are nutritionally replete, offering baby the essential nutrients he needs before going on to solids.
All newborn babies, whether breast or bottle fed, will need to nurse 8 to 12 times daily. This equates to every 2 to 4 hours, in order to ensure adequate nutrition.
Newborn and child nutrition and development is a fascinating area, and I hope you guys have enjoyed reading today's post. If there is anything particular you would like to know in regards to Nourishing your little ones, please let me know!
Love and Light
Alysia Chick xx
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I'm Ally Chick, founder and head Naturopath here at Alysia Chick Health.