Best food for new born baby
New parents are subjected to all kinds of contradictory advice about infant nutrition. But with a few simple guidelines – and some advice from Precision Nutrition parents
Babies can be exclusively breast-fed for their first six months of life.
Breastfeeding keeps the baby developing and growing properly, helps infants fight off disease such as gastrointestinal and respiratory infections for both now and in the future, and may even ensure that the baby grows up to prefer healthy food.
Breast milk is the optimal nutrient mix for infants. It’s full of good stuff like antibodies, antimicrobial factors, enzymes, and anti-inflammatory factors along with fatty acids (which promote optimal brain development). Because breastfeeding stimulates the release of beneficial hormones such as oxytocin and prolactin, it can help the mother lose weight and bond with her baby.
And while breastfeeding is best, don’t feel guilty if you can’t breastfeed exclusively. There are many circumstances that might make breastfeeding difficult. For example, you might not be able to breastfeed if you have a health problem, or are taking particular medications. You are not to blame. Just do your best. You shouldn’t feel failed if you have to resort to some formula, or exclusively use formula. In fact, most formula-fed children do just fine. Just be sure to talk to your paediatrician about the best formula option.