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Complementary Feeding: How To Help Your Baby Grow.

This involves giving other nutritious foods and liquids to infant along with breastmilk when breast milk is no longer enough to meet the nutritional and growing needs of the infant. It covers the period from 6 - 24 months of age.

When to start complementary feeding.

- Beginning at 6 months, your child needs to start taking other foods in addition to breastmilk. This is a critical period of growth for the child to prevent under-nutrition.

- When your child reaches 6 months, start offering a variety of soft, mushy foods three times a day in addition to breastmilk, and more often as the child grows older.

-By 12 months, your child is ready to take food four times a day, including snacks and foods from the family pot.

- Remember that breastmilk is still an important part of your child's diet through at least age 2.

How do I prepare complimentary.

-Wash your hands with soap under running water before preparing and offering food.

-Wash and cut, chop or mash foods to make them easy for the child to swallow.

-The child's food should be thick enough to stay on spoon.

-Enrich the child's porridge with a variety of foods including breast milk, groundnut paste, bean flour, mashed fruits and vegetables, and other foods from the family pot without pepper.

-Start animal source foods as early as possible. Examples include eggs, milk, and mashed fish, chicken, meat or liver.

-Green orange or yellow vegetables and fruits such as orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, bananas, mangoes, and pawpaw are healthy choices for young children.

What else can I do to help my child grow.

-When feeding a baby between 6-12month of age, always give breastmilk first before giving other foods.

-When your child reaches 6months of age, take him to the health facility for a vitamin A capsule and continue doing so every six months until age 5.

-Report to a healthy facility immediately if your child falls sick at any time.

-Complete your child's immunisation by age 2 and continue growth monitor until they reach age 5.

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