- A baby should be breast fed from the day it is born if at all possible.
- Mothers who cannot breast feed their babies should give them special formulas.
- A baby should begin eating other foods at about six months.
Recipes for Baby Food
GRUEL FROM BOILED RICE:
THIN GRUEL: 1/2 Tbsp Boiled Rice, 1/2 C Water. Boil 10 minutes. Yield 5 Tbsp.
THICK GRUEL: 4 Tbsp Boiled Rice, 1 C Water. Boil 10 minutes. Yield 12 Tbsp.
SOFT RICE: 1 C Boiled Rice, 1 C Water. Boil 5 minutes. Yield 1 1/2 Cup.
You can make other gruels from corn or oats as well as from starchy foods such as cassava, potato and yam. Wheat does not make a good gruel for babies under the age of one year because it causes allergies.
EGG YOLK RICE GRUEL: 1/2 C unsalted meat or chicken broth, 2 Tbsp Boiled Rice, 1 beaten egg yolk, 1 Tbsp milk or evaporated milk. Add broth to rice and mash with the back of a spoon. Bring to a boil. Combine egg yolk and milk. Add to the rice-broth mixture. Lower heat and cook three minutes. Give to babies seven to eight months or older.
MIXED VEGETABLE & BEAN PUREE: 1/4 c water from unsalted cooked vegetables (or purified water), 1/4 c boiled beans, mashed, 1/3 c tender greens, 1 Tbsp milk or evaporated milk. Add water to greens and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from fire, mash well and pass through a sieve. Add milk and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Give to babies seven to eight months or older.
For most babies, the first solid food is rice cereal, followed by oatmeal and barley. Generally, it's good to introduce wheat and mixed cereals last, since they may cause allergic reactions in very young babies. Using a blender or food processor, your baby can have many fresh foods instead of canned or bottled. Everything should be soft, unsalted, well-cooked and unseasoned. Cook fresh vegetables and stew fruits for easiest preparation.
WARNING Do not prepare these foods: Beets, Turnips, Carrots, Collards. In some parts of the country, these vegetables contain large amounts of nitrates, a chemical that can cause an unusual type of anemia in young infants.