My daughter is 19 months. I have stopped breast feeding her and gave her bottle instead. But now she has stopped eating everything except junk. Whenever she is hungry she cries for her bottle. She used to eat well earlier. please suggest how do I correct this. Regards, Alpanutrition Corner
bottle feeding is any way not recommended, for hygiene issues and dental caries. Milk intake also needs to be restricted to 400-550 ml in a day, so that she does not fill her stomach with milk only. . Keep enough gap between her feeds, be it solid or milk to ensure that child is hungry. From one year of age you should start with three meal pattern, i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner along with two snacks. Introduce one new food at a time, let the child accept it and gets used to it for few days. Introduce another new food only after a week. Do not introduce new foods back to back, it may confuse the child and would lower her acceptance. Try and keep the consistency thin to semi solid, depending on child's preference and swallowing/chewing capacity. You can give porridge of suji, sagi, dalia, rice flakes, ragi etc. Kheer of apple, rice etc. halwa of suji, atta, pumpkin, gajar, sweet potato etc. Khichri, upma, soft scrambled egg yolk, soups, mashed veggies, chapatti, rice,idli, dosa, uttapam,fruits etc. For her milk, you can use some attractive cup/glass for milk. Try giving milk when the child is hungry. You need to keep trying and be firm about not giving bottle. You may flavour the milk with natural flavourings like elaichi powder, kesar, dates syrup etc.