Until what age to feed the baby with the mixture? Recommendations of specialists
Milk formula is the best substitute for mother's milk. She saves modern parents in a variety of life situations - from a lack of breast milk to the need for early mothers to work. However, high-quality milk formula is not a cheap pleasure. And because young parents who are forced to artificially nursing a baby often wonder about the age at which they feed the baby with the mixture, how nutritious and important it is for a growing infant organism.
Despite the abundance of brands, the composition of infant formula, in terms of quality and safety, is about the same. After all, the process of registration of children's milk and dairy mixes is rather complicated, and the quality criteria are so strict that unscrupulous manufacturers simply do not touch the subject of baby food.
The composition of the milk mixture:
- Dried milk is the basis of the milk mixture. It is produced from whole cow or goat milk. Also, there are mixtures based on soy.
- Vitamins and minerals are mandatory supplement for milk formulas. Their number is strictly controlled at the legislative level.
- Nucleotides are the builders of human cells.
- Prebiotics help to grow beneficial bacteria in the intestines, have a direct effect on the baby's digestion.
- Probiotics are directly beneficial microbes.
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids are included in the group of substances that affect the development of the brain, vision and immunity.
Thinking about how old a child should be fed with a mixture, it is worthwhile, first of all, to think about the benefits it can bring to the baby.
Strict quality control of mixtures causes manufacturers to bring indicators to the closest possible to the composition of breast milk. However, the same substances that are in the mixture and in breast milk are absorbed in the infant body in different ways. Therefore, it is extremely important, even with minimum production, to fight for the fact that the child receives mother's milk, and not the mixture. But in the absence of such an opportunity, definitely, replacing breast milk with a mixture is the only reasonable solution.
The question of how old a child can be fed with a mixture is rather a different one. Most often, the milk mixture is consumed from a bottle. Therefore, many mothers are worried about whether the nipple sucking will not affect the proper development of the child, the change of bite or speech? Infant formula is a useful, balanced product, and if you are afraid of feeding a child for a long time from a bottle, just let him eat it from a mug.
Is it possible to feed a baby with cow or goat milk?
Milk mixtures appeared relatively recently, and, some 100 years ago, no one could have thought of any substitutes, except cow or goat milk. In this connection, a quite reasonable question arises: up to what age should you feed your baby with milk formula and when can you replace it with regular milk?
Whole milk is absolutely not recommended for feeding babies who have not yet turned a year. This is due to the fact that the amount of substances such as phosphorus and calcium, significantly higher than the rate contained in breast milk. Immature infant kidneys do not cope with the removal of excess substances from the body, as a result, the child has various symptoms of intoxication.
For these reasons, infant formula is the only safe substitute for human milk. In exceptional cases, when it is impossible to get the mixture, it is permissible to feed animals with milk, but only in diluted form.
How to choose the right formula?
Since the composition of mixtures is about the same, when choosing, one should make a start, first of all, from financial possibilities. Having decided on the price, pay attention to the labeling. The number “1” indicates that the mixture is adapted for a child under 6 months. The number “2” marks mixtures for babies from 6 months to a year. Troika says that you can give it to children, starting from the second year of life.
The choice of special mixtures should be discussed with a pediatrician who oversees the development of your baby.
Until what age to feed the child with the mixture?
Since milk formula serves as a substitute for mother's milk, feeding up to 6 months is not even negotiable. For feeding a child of this age will suit any mixture, including sour milk, labeled with the number "1".
Asking the question until what age you need to feed the baby with the mixture, you should pay attention to the recommendations of pediatricians regarding natural breastfeeding. And they, therefore, speak unequivocally about the reason: it is imperative to continue feeding until six months, very preferably up to a year, and if possible, preferably up to two. The mixture, although inferior to breast milk in its qualities and composition, is nonetheless a balanced diet, which has everything necessary for the proper growth and development of babies.
What does Dr. Komarovsky say about artificial feeding?
At one of the classes of the School, the question was asked, up to which age to feed the child with a mixture? Komarovsky gave detailed explanations.
If the mixture is not an addition to breast milk, and has become the only means of feeding, then you can replace it with cow or goat milk only after the baby has turned one year old. However, if the material capabilities of the family allow, then it is highly desirable to give the child a mixture, and not milk, after a year, because the mixture is healthier and certainly safer than milk.
Starting to feed the baby, some mothers tend to part with expensive mixtures as soon as possible. How important is the mixture during the introduction of complementary foods, and until what age to feed the child with the mixture, if he gets a full-fledged complementary foods?
Complementary foods for toddlers start from six months, but before the year it should remain just supplements, that is, an addition to the mixture. Some believe that the mixture is a complete balanced diet, and the introduction of complementary foods to the diet of a child under one year is optional.
However, after six months, the child becomes quite mobile, and for this he needs a lot of energy. No matter how wonderful the composition may be endowed with infant formula, it still remains a liquid food, which is not able to provide the right amount of energy reserves to the baby. Therefore, the introduction of complementary foods at this age is mandatory. Your baby will be full and full of energy, and you will save by reducing the number of feeds expensive mixture.
After a year, the situation is changing radically. The child should receive good nutrition, and the mixture, in this case, becomes a useful addition to food.
Almost every mother is asking a very reasonable question: up to what age to feed the child with the mixture at night? After all, nightly feeding is associated with inconvenience and discomfort for parents.
Up to 6 months, night feedings are more likely to be necessary, therefore, at least six months will have to suffer. An older child can sleep easily all night, provided that he is properly fed, and he eats during the day. A hungry child will not let parents sleep well. It should be remembered, especially to those who believe that feeding up to a year is not necessary to give.
Recommendations manufacturers mix
In itself, the fact that there are mixtures labeled "4", intended for feeding children from one and a half years, suggests that feeding does not end at one and a half years. More precisely, it is desirable to give the mixture, rather than whole milk, even after the child reaches one and a half years.
First, as has been repeatedly said, the mixture is rich in substances necessary for the growth and development of the child, which is not the case with milk. Secondly, it is ideal for children prone to allergic reactions, especially if it is right to pick it up and take into account all the recommendations of the pediatrician.
By and large, the mixture will not harm and will be useful at any age. Therefore, the question of how old it is to feed a child with a mixture is of fundamental importance only from the point of view of necessity and material possibilities. Since after 3 years the body of any healthy child perfectly assimilates cow or goat milk, and a child at this age gets a full and varied diet, then the need to buy expensive mixtures disappears by itself.