Based on the recommendations of WHO and the Indonesian Pediatricians Association (IDAI), complementary foods for mother's milk should indeed be given when the baby is six months old. Nevertheless, Pediatrician, dr. Frieda Handayani Kawanto, SpA (K) explained some conditions that make babies can get MPASI early.
"Sometimes at the age of 4 months, 5 months have been given complementary foods for mother's milk. Maybe because the adequacy of the mother's breast milk is inadequate. Then in terms of posture, physical, the baby is strong to hold the head. He has also shown a desire to eat," he said at the IG Live event 'All-RoundEr That MPASI Fighters Must Know!' on Instagram @haibundacom.
In addition, dr. Frieda said another reason could be because of the need to catch up on the baby's weight, so it needs to be given complementary foods for mother's milk. This is certainly necessary through consultation with a pediatrician, especially to see if the Little One is ready to receive complementary foods for mother's milk.
As mentioned that complementary foods for mother's milk is actually given at the time of 6 months because at that age, breast milk alone can not meet the daily nutritional needs of children, Moms. Dr.. Frieda also explained that at the age of 6 months, the baby's needs are very developed and increased so that complementary foods for mother's milk is needed to complete breast milk. In addition, the baby's digestive system is considered ready to receive complementary foods for mother's milk at the age of 6 months.
Dr.. Frieda added, in preparing complementary foods for mother's milk, Mommy must pay attention to the nutritional adequacy of the Little One. For example, by fulfilling 200 calories for a 6-month-old baby who is just starting complementary foods for mother's milk.
"Nutrients are macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients consist of carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats. Micronutrients are made up of vitamins and minerals. It's all equally important. But in babies who have just got complementary foods for mother's milk, what is emphasized is more to macronutrients, because all three are very important as building blocks and energy to build the body and print an intelligent brain, "he said.
In addition to the 3 substances, also emphasized the importance of mineral substances, such as iron, zinc, and choline. According to him, although needed in small amounts, but the substance has an essential role for the growth and development of the baby, Mother.
"Iron is also important for brain intelligence, focus, concentration, so it's essential."
However, it cannot be denied. In preparing the first complementary foods for mother's milk is not an easy thing, is mom? Especially for mothers who have started working so they do not have much time to make complementary foods for mother's milk for children. Based on IDAI guidelines, a 6-month-old baby has a daily iron requirement of 11 mg. Unfortunately, home-made complementary foods for mother's milk alone is not enough because your child needs to eat certain foods in large quantities to get 11 mg of iron every day.
No need to worry, Moms. Mommy can entrust the nutrition of the Little One to complementary foods for mother's milk that has been fortified such as SUN (nutritious baby porridge product brand). SUN comes with a complete nutritionally balanced complementary foods for mother's milk series as a solution for mothers who are confused about preparing complementary foods for mother's milk for babies. Enriched with Esenutri which contains dietary fiber inulin, zinc, iron, 11 vitamins, and 6 minerals, so it is good to support the growth and development of the baby according to the stage of age.
Complementary foods for mother's milk from SUN is made from natural ingredients to protect the purity of nutrients provided by Mother. As for one that can be used as an option is SUN Porridge Cereal 6+ products. The texture is soft and formulated for babies aged 6 months and above. This porridge is high in protein, 11 vitamins, and 6 minerals, and is enriched with DHA &choline which is important for brain development.
While for babies over 8 months can choose SUN Porridge Advanced. This porridge comes with rice ball innovations that make the texture of porridge denser and coarser. Perfect for the Little One who is learning to chew and bite, Mother.
While in quality time with your baby, Mommy can be creative to make snacks with SUN Marie Susu biscuits. These 3 pieces of biscuits have a calcium content equivalent to a glass of milk. Not only that, Mother, SUN Marie Susu biscuits also have a proper texture and good taste, so they like the baby.