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Breastfeeding and beginning regular feeding

To Assess and Celebrate

• How were the home visits to the families with babies from 6 to 8 months?

• Which facilities did you find?

• Which difficulties did you feel?

• Was there any explanation from the Leader´s Guide which was not accepted by the mothers? Which?

• What else would you like to learn or talk about the babies from 6 to 8 months in your community?

• Based on what was seen and felt, what would you like to share?

Do you remember any biblical quotation, prayer or message that could illuminate this moment?

To See

The baby from nine to eleven months

1. Do the mothers continue to breastfeed, even after the introduction of other types of food?

2. How do the families handle the baby´s need to move around in this phase?

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In this age, besides the breast milk, the baby needs to make 3 meals more a day. If the baby is not being breastfed, he/she needs five meals a day. The food should be rich in iron, A vitamin and calcium. The baby’s body absorbs more A vitamin when little vegetable oil or olive oil is added into his/her food.

The baby is already eating the yoke of the egg but the white of the egg should only be offered as of one year old because it can cause allergy in some children.

Fish meat is a very nutritious food. Fresh fish is the best option. The fish meat should be firm, elastic and the scales should be adherent, the skin and the gills bright, the fish should have bright eyes and should not smell ammoniac.

The baby likes to try eating alone. It is good to put some food in the dish and leave it there for the baby to try to use the spoon. At the same time, the adult serves her/him most of the food from another plate. It is good that the baby have his/her own plate and eat at the family meals time together with the others. Then it is possible to know how much the baby has eaten and the baby learns that the meals are a family gathering time and that he/she belongs to the family.