What we were once fed with, i.e. dietary patterns are changing

What we were once fed with, i.e. dietary patterns are changing

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Every wise mother knows: a few weeks old baby needs vitamins in tablets, from the second month of life we ​​add flour to milk mixtures, in the third month we introduce vegetable soup, sugar ensures the proper development of the youngest, that's why we sweeten meals from the fifth month, we introduce fish to the child's diet in the second year of life, we also give breastfed babies juices to drink and in the third month we give up night feeding ... April Fools' joke? No. This was what experts' recommendations for feeding infants and young children used to be.

Sugar strengthens!

Today, doctors write about the harmfulness of sugar in our diet. They point out that its excess can have fatal effects on our health. Sugar, also called 21st century white poison, consumed in excess, reduces our immunity, leads to the development of caries, disrupts the digestive system, accelerates the aging process of the body, causes drowsiness in children, is the main cause of diabetes, obesity, can cause an allergic reaction, etc. Therefore, it is recommended that children be completed in the first year of life they did not recognize its taste at all, and in subsequent years used it in minimal quantities. However, manufacturers add this ingredient to so many foods that it is sometimes difficult to find something that is not "flavored".

That we know today. How was it once?

"Sugar strengthens!" - this is probably one of the most famous advertising slogans of the pre-war period. "Mother! Don't regret your child's sugar. Sugar strengthens bones. "Propaganda slogans thundered. Which parent will not go to the store and buy it for their child? Especially since the doctors themselves say about the beneficial effects of sugar on the body of the youngest. The nutrition scheme for breast-fed infants, issued in 1936 and later from 1955, recommends sweetening meals as early as 8 months of age. In the case of artificially fed children, sugar was introduced in the first weeks! It used to be popular for children to give glucose water to drink. It was believed that such a drink would affect the use of its development.

"Jarzynka" from the third month

Recent studies indicate that the child should be 6 months old exclusively breastfed. From the current infant nutrition regimen from 2007, we learn that Solid foods should only be introduced in the second half of life. The exception is gluten (a mixture of vegetable proteins contained in cereal grains), of which we add small amounts to the baby's food between the fifth and sixth month. This is to reduce the risk of developing celiac disease (celiac disease, manifested as gluten intolerance.) For babies who are artificially fed, this ingredient is given in the sixth month and solid foods from the fifth. Sometimes, however, from our mothers or aunts' mouths, we can hear: "Give him a drink, he is no longer a newborn!", "Poor child, only milk and milk, will he eat?", "At her age you ate potatoes and are you OK… ". Where do these opinions come from?

When you should introduce the first solid foods to your child's diet did not always look the way it is today. According to the recommendations of 1995, fruit or vegetable juices and an apple could already be given to four-month-old children. Nutritional regimens from the 90s even spoke about the third month, when the addition to milk was to be fruit puree, tea and grated apple, while in the fourth month it was recommended to replace one milk meal - vegetable soup (in artificially fed infants). Doctors also advised faster introduction of solid foods in the event of problems with weight gain in breast-fed infants.

Feeding with a watch in hand

In the pre-war period and in the 1950s and 1960s, a newborn baby could not only know the taste of "adult" dishes before, but he also had strictly defined hours of your meals. Information brochures for young mothers, which were distributed in hospitals, precisely defined the length of breaks between feeding sessions. For example, the 1947 nutritional regimen stated: by the end of the second month, the infant should eat seven times a day at 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 and 24. In the third month, the number of meals should be limited to six and in the tenth to five. Such rigid rules of feeding babies were the cause of stress for many moms from those years. It was difficult, in the sheer volume of everyday matters and duties, to comply with them meticulously. And yet every mother wants the best for the child, i.e. as specialists recommend.

Today there are no such strict rules as to when and how often we are to feed our child. No specific meal times are given in the current nutritional schedule. The following rules apply: breastfeed "on demand", aim for 5 meals a day, keeping a gap of 3-4 hours between them. If the child is developing properly, is healthy, you should pay attention primarily to his appetite, individual needs, instead of feeding according to the watch or established schemes. It is worth taking into account the recommendations of specialists, because they are based on the latest research in this field. However, when you need it, trust your intuition.


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  2. Muircheartaigh

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  3. Mahuizoh

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  4. Kagakasa

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  5. Caleb

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  6. Ealhdun

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