Need for weaning

Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition 3(2+1)
Lesson 13:Weaning

Need for weaning

  • Breast milk alone is not able to provide sufficient amount of all nutrients needed to maintain growth after the first 6 months.
  • Increasing needs of calories and protein of growing children cannot be met by diminishing output of mother’s milk.
  • Milk is a poor source of vitamin C, vitamin D and iron. Therefore weaning (supplementary feeding) has to be resorted to immediately after 6 months.

Calorie dense foods like malted foods should be given to infants.

Weaning should provide at least 10% of energy

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