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When baby needs solid food in what month?If the baby eat breastmilk and formula ?Please send me table of baby food

When baby needs solid food in what month?If the baby eat  breastmilk and formula ?Please send me table of baby food

Cereal introduction: It is generally recommended: rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and juices with a cup at 6 months, meats and finger foods at 9 months, table foods and whole milk at 1 year. Have fun! ...Read more

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How many days can baby home prepared food preserve its nutrients in the fridge not the freezer compartment?

How many days can baby home prepared food preserve its nutrients in the fridge not the freezer compartment?

1-2 days: After this period the chances of bacterial growth increase and nutrient quality also changes. Prefer fresh made home foods and finish them within this time period. ...Read more

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Will breast feeding mother consuming iron and calcium tablets go to the infant through feeding?

Will breast feeding mother consuming iron and calcium tablets  go to the infant through feeding?

Not exactly: Breastmilk is notoriously low in iron, even if you take supplements. Similarly, although breastmilk is usually hight in calcium, the concentration of calcium in breastmilk is not really related to your calcium consumption. A nursing mother should have adequate intake of these nutrients to maintain her own stores, not to affect the milk's composition. ...Read more

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Can cooking food from a packet that has fallen on the floor cause food poisoning if cooked on low heat? If you handle the food after touching packet?

Can cooking food from a packet that has fallen on the floor cause food poisoning if cooked on low heat? If you handle the food after touching packet?

Unlikely: Of course it depends somewhat on the floor it falls on. Cleaning off food that has fallen and then cooking it should protect against food poisoning but then there are some floor you can eat off and some that you would not want to. Evaluate the floor, clean the food and then cook it thoroughly and you should be fine. Otherwise, maybe you need to discard it. ...Read more

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When's the right time to start feeding a baby solid foods?

When's the right time to start feeding a baby solid foods?

By ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding: What's so magic about ages 4 months to 6 months? It's around this time that babies typically stop using their tongues to push food out of their mouths and begin to develop the coordination to move solid food from the front of the mouth to the back for swallowing. Keep in mind that waiting until age 6 months before introducing solid foods to babies who are exclusively breast-fed can help ensure that they get the full health benefits of breast-feeding. Starting solids too early — before age 4 months — might: Pose a risk of aspiration — sucking food into the airway, Cause a baby to get too much or not enough calories or nutrients, Increase a baby's risk of obesity. Also, starting solids before age 4 months hasn't been shown to help babies sleep better at night. Starting solids too late — after age 6 months — poses another set of issues. Waiting too long might: Slow a baby's growth, Cause iron deficiency in breast-fed babies, Delay oral motor function, Cause an aversion to solid foods. Postponing solids — including highly allergenic foods — past 4 to 6 months of age also hasn't been shown to prevent asthma, hay fever, eczema or food allergies. In addition to age, look for other signs that your baby is ready for solid foods. Can your baby hold his or her head in a steady, upright position? Can your baby sit with support? If you answer yes to these questions and you have the OK from your baby's doctor, you can begin supplementing your baby's liquid diet. . ...Read more

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How long would you store home made baby food in the fridge or the freezer?

How long would you store home made baby food in the fridge or the freezer?

Same as regular food: The baby food would be stored for the same amount of time you could safely store the food it was made from. ...Read more

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Can a breast feeding mother of 6 months old baby eat food stuffs kept in refrigerator?

Can a breast feeding mother of 6 months old baby eat food stuffs kept in refrigerator?

Yes.: As long as you think the food is safe for your family members and not spoiled, it should not affect the baby's breastmilk any differently. Always remember to keep a balanced diet. ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby girl is breastfed but not feeding well on solids. Any tips on best solid food that can be given to her and the quantity required?

My 9 month old baby girl is breastfed but not feeding well on solids. Any tips on best solid food that can be given to her and the quantity required?

Real foods: Some babies at this age are just not interested in purees; try very small pieces of soft, whole foods (banana, avocado, other fruits and veggies) to see if she's more interested in those. There's no quantity "required" at all - if the issue continues, consider having her checked for oral texture defensiveness by a speech/feeding specialist. ...Read more

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I often bring home food from restaurants. Is it OK to leave food in the takeout containers?

I often bring home food from restaurants. Is it OK to leave food in the takeout containers?

It's probably safe to leave food in takeout containers: The key is to store food in a shallow container that can be sealed when it's cooled. These practices help keep bacteria out. Here's another safety tip: Don't let prepared food sit out — in your car or on the counter — for more than two hours. If you’re someplace hot (more than 90 F or 32 C) reduce that time to one hour. Bacteria can grow rapidly in food that's unrefrigerated. And some bacteria make a poison or toxin that can make you ill, hence the term "food poisoning. " If you don't plan on eating takeout food immediately, you have two choices. You can keep it hot in a preheated oven at an internal temperature of 140 F (60 C) or higher. Or you can divide food into smaller portions, place in shallow containers and refrigerate. Plan to reheat the food to a temperature of 165 F (74 C) just before serving. ...Read more

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When can we introduce our 3 month old baby to the bottle feeding? We fear that bottle feeding might bring the chances for infection. Plz suggest

When can we introduce our 3 month old baby to the bottle feeding? We fear that bottle feeding might bring the chances for infection. Plz suggest

Now: You can introduce a bottle as soon as breast feeding is well established- i usually recommend at about one month of age. Its helpful if someone other than mom feeds the baby the bottle and if mom leaves the house so the baby won't cry to nurse instead! to decrease chance of infection make sure you clean and sterilize (in boiling water) the bottle equipment. Clean after each use. ...Read more

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What is the down side of giving formula food to a 2 month baby, compared to giving breast milk?

What is the down side of giving formula food to a 2 month baby, compared to giving breast milk?

La leche: No comparison. Breast milk is just right. Safe, sanitary, perfect ingredients in the right amount and ratio. And convenient. I think you will kid it. And the bonding is delightful! ...Read more

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Husband has been feeding from jar of baby food & saving the rest and refeeding from jar (and not putting it in bowl). How dangerous is this?

Husband has been feeding from jar of baby food & saving the rest and refeeding from jar (and not putting it in bowl). How dangerous is this?

Poor choices: It would certainly be better if he extracted a golf ball sized portion,placed it on a bowl and put the rest away. Spooning directly from the jar to baby and placing the spoon back in the jar will contaminate the jar and could lead to some bacterial overgrowth.However, if the jar remains refrigerated, it is unlikely to cause big problems. An avoidable case or two of diarrhea would be expected. ...Read more

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I'm preg. If my husband paints the kitchen, can the chemicals get into the food? Should i move the food? Is food that is in the cabinets safe?

I'm preg. If my husband paints the kitchen, can the chemicals get into the food? Should i move the food? Is food that is in the cabinets safe?

Paint kitchen: Depends on what chemicals are in paint. Generally i suggest you remove food, and you avoid breathing paint fumes for several days. Use fans to air out kitchen. ...Read more

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Babys multivitamin requirs to b stored in fridge after opening.I didn't c this&stored the bottle at room temperature &she had the full bottle.Is it ok?

Babys multivitamin requirs to b stored in fridge after opening.I didn't c this&stored the bottle at room temperature &she had the full bottle.Is it ok?

Recently opened?: Baby vitamin drops are not refrigerated at the store, but are at room temperature on the store shelves. A bottle gets used up in 1-2 months, so a full bottle sounds like a new one. If a parent is not a worrier, then the bottle should be fine. If one is a worrier, then she can buy a new bottle. ...Read more

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My mother cooks food with a pressure cooker 99% of the time. Is pressure cooking the same as regular cooking? Are we losing nutrition by pre. Cooking?

My mother cooks food with a pressure cooker 99% of the time. Is pressure cooking the same as regular cooking? Are we losing nutrition by pre. Cooking?

It's fine: No she is ok. But I am a fan of raw food and nutrients as well. Our bodies love variety, so a salad or quinoa "pasta" salad every once a while for some ruffage in the colon is good. Insoluble fiber! ...Read more

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Is breast feeding causes the mother not the child diarrhea and fast metabolism? I don't eat much

Diarrhea: Breast feeding mothers usually don't have diarrhea unless they have an underlying condition. Your fast metabolism may indicate you have hyperthyroidism so vonsult your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the right time or age to introduce formula or solid food for a breastfed baby?

What is the right time or age to introduce formula or solid food for a breastfed baby?

Personal choice: If you are having to chase baby down at feeding time or they wiggle to get free after 5min/side, you have a baby who likes the nutrition but doesn't need the nurturing bf provides.Weaning or supplementing is your call but at that point it is likely to go well. Solids are unnecessary for nutrition, but fill the cultural expectation we have that baby will table feed at a yr. 6m is a good start point. ...Read more