I am both happy and proud that Yael and I were able to survive our first six months of exclusive breastfeeding. Though he is my fourth child, it is a first for me to breastfeed directly.
We had some struggles with his latch for the first few weeks or a month, but we were able to pull through. We both enjoyed our mommy and baby bonding during those breastfeeding sessions. The last time I had our baby checked by his pediatrician, though, I was informed that he barely gained weight. He needs more food and even if breastmilk remains the most important source of nutrition in the first six months or perhaps a year of a baby’s life, our little man now reaches the development stage wherein milk alone is insufficient to sustain his rapid growth. Complementary food should be added to his daily diet in order to meet his nutritional needs.
Very timely as well that I learned so much about complementary feeding and the risk of malnutrition when I attended The Cerelac Media Kick-off last Monday. There, I’ve learned that the transition from exclusive breastfeeding to family food usually starts at six months and covers the period 18-24 months of age. It is also at that period when a baby’s growth is very vulnerable, and any parent should take the following into consideration:
All infants should start receiving food in addition to breastmilk from six months onwards.
The food a baby takes should be given in the right amount, frequency, and consistency. Food should be in variety to cover the nutritional needs of the growing child with continued breastfeeding.
Good thing, that 150 years ago, a pharmacist named Henri Nestle invented a milk-enriched cereal in order to fight infant malnutrition, then widespread in Europe. Today, Nestlé still carries on with this tradition of providing adapted infant nutritional solutions recognized by healthcare professionals. And this is in the form of Cerelac.
Cerelac complements the milk intake of a baby as it has the nutritional value of a fully balanced meal. Feeding a baby with Cerelac anytime of the day – lunch or dinner – is perfectly okay as Cerelac is not a breakfast cereal.
I have also learned from the talk yesterday that Cerelac uses the best ingredients and follows a strict production process to ensure the quality of the product and also to prolong its shelf life, eliminating the need for added preservatives while maintaining its natural goodness and nutrients. The process involves dry cleaning and pasteurization of its ingredients to remove all water content and microorganisms. This ensures that the freshness of the product is retained for long periods of time. It also safeguards the baby food from any harmful bacteria that may come into contact.
By feeding my baby with Cerelac, I am assured that he gets all the energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals needed for optimum growth development. I just only need to add water to feed him. It was even explained that I could use the soup of tinola or bulalo, for instance, instead of water to mix with Cerelac. I could even make a Cerelac pancake for my little one!
Cerelac comes in seven exciting flavors to help make meal times more nutritious and extra special for our little bundle of joy. With no preservatives and packed with all the vitamins and minerals our baby needs to grow big and strong, we moms can be sure that with every spoonful of Cerelac comes pure goodness, pure nourishment, and pure love.
After all, a mother’s love knows no boundaries and this is evident in every single thing she does for her child. I still remember that our darling’s first meal when he turned six was Cerelac Infant Rice and Soya. It was because I can’t compromise his health and nutrition. When it comes to my baby’s health, I won’t settle for anything less than the best.
So when your baby turns six months, always go for the most natural choice to complement your baby’s nutrition. What goes inside your baby’s body can affect his life, so understanding the baby food’s contents and knowing how it is made is an absolute must. For 150 years, the makers of Cerelac products are committed to helping mothers shape the best lives for their babies, going as far as proactively informing them on the newest processes in manufacturing baby foods. They make sure that the produce used in making Cerelac is of the highest possible quality.
Now, our little munchkin is ten months old. He still eats Cerelac. Why? Because Cerelac is as natural as any mother’s love for her child.
Momi Berlin’s Directory:
CERELAC® is a nutrient dense food ideal for your child’s small tummy. It also contains IRON Plus®, a combination of Bifidus BL, DHA, and half of your baby’s daily iron needs.
Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.