MOMI LEARNS/ Timely & Adequate Complementary Feeding with Cerelac

Jun 7, 2016 | Only Berlin

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:

TIMELY FEEDING

All infants should start receiving  food in addition to breastmilk from six months onwards.

ADEQUATE FEEDING

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.

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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!

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Newly expressed breastmilk with Cerelac is also a good choice as a complete meal for my baby.

 

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.

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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 Philippines Product Info / Facebook

 

About CERELAC

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.

 

41 Comments

  1. Milton Coyne

    my little brother’s favorite meal when he was a toddler… I like that brief history about Nestle company .. wow I never thought that the company is already more than a century old…and now they cater so many healthy products that we normally consume today in daily basis! cool!

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    • momi berlin

      yes, wasnt aware as well that they are that long. And I also love now they started. Such noble intentions.

      Reply
  2. Zwitsy

    Lo! It’s been years since the last time I have hold a cerelac. Do they have a new packaging or it’s just me? But really, I am a cerelac mom to my son before and indeed, it is one of the best baby foods I consider and recommend to moms who are having 6 months old and up babies.

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    • momi berlin

      Same packaging, they just improved it even more- i mean the components as each box now contains Bifidus B, a live beneficial microorganism generally called probiotics.

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  3. tina perez

    6 months? wow! I tried for 2 months, but to no avail. Kuddos to you breastfeeding mommy 🙂 my kids were enfagrow and cerelac babies 🙂

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  4. tina perez

    wow 6 months. I tried breastfeeding but it only lasted for 2 months, for both kids. Kuddos to you breasfeeding mama 🙂

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    • momi berlin

      Thank you. And I thank the little boy for loving to latch anytime of the day.

      Reply
  5. Michelle Solee (@michisolee)

    When I was pregnant, I told myself that I will cook food for my baby but my son doesn’t like mashed veggies or congi so I ended up buying Cerelac which he likes. Cerelac + mashed fruits have been part of his daily meal. 🙂

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    • momi berlin

      Will yet to try that Cerelac with mashed fruits. I guess I could start with banana. Thanks for this.

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  6. Louisa Mercado (@2livelovelaugh5)

    I fed my kids Cerelac, too. It’s extremely helpful for moms who need to make a quick and easy meal for the little ones. I didn’t know they’d been making it for 150 years. It makes it all the more safer for babies.

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    • momi berlin

      Yes, I agree. Not aware of the 150 years as well. SOmetimes, we moms need something easy and quick to prepare too for our baby.

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  7. Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy

    My boys are too old for Cerelac but they still love and ask for it! They love the banana flavor. Okay, I’ll admit it, I love it too! Hahaha!

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    • momi berlin

      Haha. I could imagine you taking a few tsp of Cerelac from your boys’ plate.

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      • Cheanne

        Diba, yummy? Hehe I actually wait for them, if they can’t finish it, mine na, bwahaha.

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  8. Nicole Paler

    it was awesome to see you there Berlin! I think most moms fed their child Cerelac at one point or another. And why wouldn’t they- Cerelac has been providing, perfecting and innovating their product for 150 years already, just to ensure that it is as natural and nutrition packed as a mom’s love.. :3 Actually, even now I’ve decided to feed my kiddos cerelac as a sort of nutritional supplement…:3

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    • momi berlin

      Yup, i like that, feed them Cerelac as a nutritional supplement. Will do the same. Thanks and nice seeing you again

      Reply
  9. Eve

    I used to feed my boys also with Cerelac. It’s convenient and easy to prepare. It’s good to know that you can use sabaw ng tinola or bulalo, i wish I knew that before.:)

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    • momi berlin

      I will also try the sabaw mixed with Cerelac. i hope my baby would love it.

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  10. Edel San

    My daughter is a Cerelac baby. She loves the banana flavor and I do, too!

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    • momi berlin

      Hihi. It isn’t hard to love Cerelac.
      🙂

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  11. Nilyn EC Matugas

    Yaellllll!!! I wanna see you again baby! So cutie patootie, grabe! haha. Re: complementary feeding, I remember, Nate never wanted cerelac before when I started giving him solid foods. Nag 6 months exclusive breastfeed din ako kay Nate sis. Ung giniling na kanin lang gusto nya, nilalagyan nalang namin ng sabaw, Gerber, and yeah, minsan gatas ko. 🙂

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    • momi berlin

      Haha. Yael loves pureed kanin din with sabaw mg tinola, bulalo, etc. he never liked sabaw ng sinaing though.

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  12. Maria Teresa Figuerres

    I missed this event! Sigh! My son had Cerelac, too, when he started on solid foods. It’s a brand trusted by moms.

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    • momi berlin

      Yup. Couldn’t agree more. A brand trusted by moms of many generations.

      Reply
  13. Maan Laxa

    When my son was still a baby, I’d always have a box of Cerelac for backups, for times when I just can’t prepare him a proper meal of rice and ulam! 😀

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    • momi berlin

      Same here. Always the perfect answer to those tamad days. Pero he loves Cerelac so I always serve him at least twice in a day.

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  14. May De Jesus-Palacpac

    My eldest is a Cerelac baby. I also used water only and bought different flavors. Didn’t know you can use any broth or make pancakes with them!

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    • momi berlin

      Yup, no idea as well until we were told during the talk. Tried the pancake last Sunday and he enjoyed it.

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  15. Lady Anne Louise Barrun

    Being a working mom, I can’t always grocery for fresh foods and have time to cook for him. Cerelac has been my savior. I trust Cerelac since it has nutrients our babies need plus it’s so easy to prepare.

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    • momi berlin

      Yup, couldn’t agree more. So Easy to prepare yet full of nutrients our babies need for the day.

      Reply
  16. den

    Hi baby Yael! It was soooo nice to see you last time such a cutie pie! Bunny though hasn’t tried out Cerelac, she seems to like veggies more though and breads but she likes puffs from Healthu Options. I think breastfed babies aren’t really fast din in gaining weight, pedia says it is okay as long as they are healthy. Ganun daw talaga pag ebf.

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    • momi berlin

      Yael loves pureed vegetable and rice, too. His fave is ginataang kalabasa. He tried pureed ampalaya and rice and he dislike the taste. I let him finish the meal though, ehehe despite his begging and crying. His fave Cerelac flavor is mixed vegetables. Nasanay ata sa gulay. Ihihi. And it was nice meeting you as well.

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  17. Arlene Tingson

    When my 2-year old son was younger, I rarely gave him Cerelac. I heard from other moms that once you got your baby used to these products, because they were made to taste really good for babies, they’d become pihikan eventually. So I only served it on emergencies. Our pedia agrees that it’s better to feed them with mashed fruits and vegetables.

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    • momi berlin

      Our baby loves mashed and pureed food as well. We give him Cerelac if he doesn’t like the one I prepared and two servings as his merienda and early breakfast.

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  18. Neri Ann

    Ive tried cerelac before with my twins mas gusto ko pa sya kesa sa kanila hahaha! But I’ll try it again if ever we have another kid kasi time tested na talaga ang cerelac.

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    • momi berlin

      Couldnt agree more on time tested that even us moms love it, too. Ihihi.

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    • momi berlin

      Hahaha. Many moms admitted that too.

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  19. Mommy Anna

    Little Kulit loves cerelac before until 8 months 🙂

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    • momi berlin

      Hihi. I could imagine your meal time then. Ihihi. He must be makulit na at 8 months and would want to explore other food options.

      Reply

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