Choose a mixture for newborns
It has long been proven that the best meal for a newborn is breast milk. But, unfortunately, very often there are situations when artificial feeding is required. Today baby food in a wide range is represented in pharmacies and stores. What kind of mixture for newborns? Reviews and recommendations of doctors will help to make the right choice. The composition of breast milk determines nature, but the choice of a quality mixture is the task of the mother.
Before buying food, you need to decide which mixture to feed the newborn.
Unadapted, adapted and curative - of these kinds there is a mixture for newborns. Reviews of friends about a particular product should not be an excuse for choosing food. Here everything is individual.
Still some 35 years ago, artificial feeding was diluted cow's milk or a liquid decoction of cereals, diluted with the same milk. But such feeding does not take into account the needs of a small organism. Therefore even today such mixtures are called unadapted.
Special children's yogurt, milk, ryazhenka are also unadapted meals, and these products are recommended to the child after 8-12 months. A variety of sweet mixtures are made from cow's milk, sugar and cereal broths. For their preparation oats, rice, buckwheat groats are used. Mixtures with oat broth act loosely, and with rice - on the contrary, contribute to the consolidation of the stool. This allows you to select a mixture, taking into account the characteristics of the child.
The presence on the package of the phrase "Adapted nutrition" indicates that the mixture is made taking into account all the physiological needs of a child of a certain age. Manufacturers of baby food are constantly improving their product, trying to bring it as close as possible to breast milk. For this purpose, cow and goat milk are specially processed to reduce the content of salts and protein in it, but at the same time to increase the amount of vitamins and trace elements needed. A mixture intended for feeding babies from birth to six months is called highly adapted. For older children (from six months and older than the year), you can use partially adapted ones. Choose in the store an adapted mixture for newborns. Reviews of young mothers talk about the benefits of this type of artificial nutrition.
As a rule, such mixtures are prescribed by a pediatrician. They are not a medicine, but due to a certain composition they help to cope with the problem that has arisen with a particular child. Mixtures made from soy or goat milk are prescribed if there is an allergy to cow's milk protein. If the child has an intestinal infection or other diseases of the digestive tract, food with pre- and probiotics is suitable. When lactose deficiency is recommended the use of low- or lactose-free mixtures. Mixtures based on protein hydrolyzate are indicated for allergic reactions and digestive disorders.
How much mixture does a newborn need?
The volume of the mixture increases in proportion to the child's age. In the beginning, the daily volume is 1/5 of the total body weight of the baby. With each subsequent month, the portions become more and more, but the amount should not exceed 1100 ml per day.
If the milk of the mother is both food and drink, then artificial mixtures are just food. Therefore, the baby needs additional fluid. Water for baby should choose a special (nursery) and offer him a drink between the feedings.
The main thing for artificial feeding is the right mixture for newborns. Reviews, recommendations and advice will come to the aid of a young mother.