Starting solids – Paediatrician’s tips

(Information courtesy of Dr S.L. Koe, Paediatrician & Lactation Consultant. Tel. no. : 03-798 30539)

Below is an article prepared by a doctor. If you wish to get more ideas on cooking for baby, check out the Recipe section. In case you want to know how babies learn to eat, read what Dr. Cheang explained and also mothers’ tips and suggestions.

For excellent health and development in your baby and young child, fully breastfeed for about 6 months. Thereafter, breastfeeding is continued together with solid foods to 2 years and beyond. Solid foods given to the child more than 6 months of age, complement but do not replace breastfeeding. The purpose of giving solid foods is to supply additional energy and nutrients (fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals etc) to the baby.

When and what solid foods to give

Age 6 months + 1 week : One meal of cereals for breakfast

Age 6 months + 2 weeks : One meal of cereals for breakfast and
one meal of porridge for dinner

Age 6 months + 3 weeks : One meal of cereals for breakfast, rice poridge for lunch and dinner

How to feed

Always feed breastmilk first before giving solid foods

At the first feeds, place the sppon on his lower lip and allow your baby to suck and lick the food. Later, place the spoon in his mouth when your baby accepts the food.

Porridge can be pureed or blended till 7 months of age

No need to blend after 7 months so your baby learns to chew food

Breastfeeding for working mothers – Pt 4

13th DAY
Next day mother will start work. All four feedings will be substituted with the expressed milk from the bottle. Mother is ready to start work with enough supply of her milk in the fridge or freezer.

She may also wish to leave an extra bottle of milk in case she is late. She must also remember to continue nursing the baby when she is home for the rest of the day.

However, the mother should also remember that in order to maintain her supply, she must nurse or breastfeed her baby after office hours, at night and on the days she is not working. It will be good if she can have extra one or two bottles of her expressed milk at all times in the freezer.

The stimulation of the baby’s sucking is very important in maintaining the mother’s milk supply. EXPRESSING will not maintain a full supply of milk.

The above article is courtesy of Christine Neoh, a breast-feeding counsellor from a private hospital in Penang.

Breastfeeding for working mothers – Pt 3


It is best for mothers to start expressing and storing breast milk ahead of time before returning to work. The mother should start practising at least two weeks before she starts working. This entire procedure should take about 14 to 18 days. Many mothers find this program easy, helpful and satisfying.

Mothers will start the ‘count-down’ from the 15th day before going back to work. Start by expressing about 70-90 ml of milk in the evening or early morning. Chill or freeze the expressed milk. Do not be discouraged if the amount collected is small, gradually you will find that the amount will increase after several practices.

By the 15th day you may find that you have collected a few bottles of expressed milk in store.

1. Omit the Breakfast Feed – between 8.00 to 9.30 a.m.
2. Allow babysitter to nurse baby with expressed milk

Continue nursing the baby from the breast the rest of the day. In between feeding time you may express the same amount or more to store for the other day. Keep this routine for three days.

4th DAY
1. Omit the Breakfast Feed – between 8.00 to 9.30 am
2. Omit the Mid – morning feed – between 10.00 to 11.30 am
3. Allow babysitter to nurse baby with the expressed milk

Continue omitting these two feeds for another three days. Nurse the baby from the breast the rest of the day. Mother will continue to express and store her milk in between feeding times.

7th DAY
1. Omit the Breakfast Feed – between 8.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
2. Omit the mid-morning Feed – between 10.00 to 11.00 a.m
3. Omit the Lunch Time – between 12.00 to 1.30 pm
4. Allow the baby sitter to feed baby with the expressed milk.

Keep up this routine for the next three days. Remember to nurse the baby the rest of the time and keep on with milk expression during the time you are not breastfeeding the baby.