How much food is enough for my child?

When introducing solids, it is important to find a balance between the energy needed by the body and its consumption. When you begin the weaning process, start with small amounts of food. One or two tablespoons are enough to begin to accustom your baby to this new way of eating. Since you begin with little amounts of food, it can be supplemented with milk. As your baby gets used to it, you can always increase the quantity of solid food you offer, eventually replacing the milk with it. Your baby will indicate whether he wants more or if he is already satisfied. If he asks for more food, give it to him, but if he pulls away don’t force him.

Remember that babies innately know when they are satisfied and therefore eat only what they need. This self-regulation can be affected when food is either limited or forced to be consumed. Your baby will indicate whether he’s still hungry or satisfied. At first, it’s likely that he will spit out most of the food you give him, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like it, he’s simply learning to use his tongue to swallow food. When your baby wants more food he will open his mouth, or move forward towards the spoon. If your baby doesn’t want more food, he will turn his head away, close his mouth, or cry.

On the other hand, you can feel confident that your baby is receiving enough calories if he is energetic. This is also true if your baby is gaining weight; attend your regular appointments with your pediatrician to keep track of your baby’s growth and development.

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