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Taster portions for baby - when and how to introduce food?

Baby eating a strawberry

Facts and advice on taste portions. Directly by pediatricians. Taste portions of food are usually given to babies at 3, 4 or maybe 5 months of age. How to introduce food has varied over time. And how is it: to avoid salt, beets, green leafy vegetables and honey?

Give yourself the food you need, when you need it!

If you have not previously prioritized your need for food, I think you should start when you have children. I think you know what you need, but I repeat: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner at fairly fixed times. Half vegetables / fruits, one quarter protein, one quarter carbohydrates and some useful fat, in each one. If you are not used to cooking, a ready-made food bag with recipes is a good cookery school.

Have your child sit with you at the table while eating. If it suits and they do not sleep already from birth. My kids liked to sit on our knees at the dining table. When they can sit unaided, they can sit in their own chair, if they wish.

Give the child food when the child shows interest!

At the age of three to four months, children begin to be able to bring their hand to their mouth more willingly than before. They will then also become more interested in things in their surroundings. Some children begin to show interest in the food that others in the family eat at this age. Then they can start to try their own portions to taste. Others wait for over a year before they are interested. Most children have started eating other foods than breast milk / replacement at the age of 7-8 months. Let the child taste what the child is interested in when the child shows interest!

At what age should one begin to give tasters?

The advice on when babies should be served portions has varied over the last fifty years. For a long time it was four months. In the 90s came an idea of 6 months of complete abstinence. It was then recommended not to give anything except breast milk and d-drops for 6 months. A couple of years ago, the National Food Agency changed and began recommending tiny tasters from four months. None of the recommendations have been based on any strong research results.

Age for taster portions and allergy risk

Over the past two years, researchers have published two large well-researched research studies to try to clarify the issue of whether it can protect against allergy development to give taster portions early. In one, the researchers allowed children to either get taster portions of peanuts, eggs and four other foods from 3 months, or from 6 months. It turned out that among the children whose parents managed to introduce peanut and eggs to early had very few allergies to these foods.

But only half of the studied families succeeded in introducing food according to the study protocol. This has led to discussions about whether it was really the food introduction that was protective or if families with a high risk of allergy development did not follow the protocol and that is why those who followed the protocol did not get allergies later. The study failed to provide clear answers to when to start with foods that many people are allergic to. However, the results do not support giving advice to wait for 6 months before giving anything other than milk.

In another study, children at high risk of peanut allergy were assigned to either eat peanut early or avoid peanut to the age of five. The children in that study were between 4 and 11 months old. The study showed a strong protective effect of starting to eat peanut compared to avoiding this on the risk of developing peanut allergy.

Salt for infants

There is a myth that baby's kidneys cannot tolerate salt. It's not true. Babies need salt just like all of us. The National Food Agency now says that it is unnecessary to accustom children to too salty food because we all feel better about not eating too salty food. Sure, but if the baby wants to taste a chip or an olive, it goes well.

Green leafy vegetables

The Food Council's dietary advice also states that children under one year should not get beets or green leafy vegetables because they are nitrate rich. What may happen to babies who receive large amounts of beets or green leafy vegetables is that their hemoglobin molecules in the red blood cells cannot bind oxygen. Dangerous: yes! But the risk is only increased for children under 3-4 months of age. The the American Pediatric Society recommends so that children under three months should not get homemade baby food based on beets or green leafy vegetables. At the same time, they note that children under the age of 4-6 months are not recommended any food other than breast milk / replacement… I totally buy the advice of American colleagues. If you are going to give your baby who is under three months of age homemade soup or puree (why?) Then do not give it spinach soup or beetroot puree! Especially not one that was prepared several days ago.

Honey

Honey contains spores of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum which can grow in the baby's gut and produce a very dangerous nerve poison. Children older than one year and adults have an environment in the gastrointestinal tract that kills the spores and is thus not sensitive. Don't give honey to a child under the age of one year, and don't eat honey when the child is watching (it is not good to eat something dangerous and do not invite them to try it!)

When the child wants to eat some more

Some kids love food right from the start and are rapidly increasing the amount they want. At the same rate, they reduce breastfeeding / bottle feeding. Some children take it more carefully and ponder over the food for a long time. Many of those children also continue to breastfeed or bottle-feed for a long time. As long as the child grows well, it gets enough in itself, and the mix of milk / substitute / food is highly individual.

Some children like pureed food, and if you have such a child, it is very convenient to buy ready-made baby food jars. Of course, they are nutritionally calculated and well-balanced and if you are really comfortable then you try to serve the child room-temperature canned food. If the child likes it then there is nothing wrong with it!

Other children do not like pureed food but prefer to pick the food and suck it or mash it in the mouth. These children usually do not eat large amounts until they have teeth for natural reasons.

Extra fat in your baby's food!

Your baby needs a little more fatty food than you, so add a teaspoon of oil you like (canola oil or olive oil, for example) in your baby's taster portions. If your baby eats more than just a taste, the proportions of one-third of vegetables, one-third of protein, and one-third of carbohydrates with added fat can be a good benchmark.

Serve food you and your baby like!

It's fun to eat when you get to eat things you like. So serve something like you and your baby like.

If your baby likes different kinds of food, please prioritize iron-rich food

If you are lucky enough that your baby turns out to like different types of food, please give iron-rich foods, such as red meat, a few times a week or every day as taster portions. If you do not want to give the child meat, give lentils / beans in a meal and dried fruit to a meal and introduce iron fortified porridge or porridge after 6-7 months of age. Another alternative is to continue with iron-enriched porridge or gruel.

No theatre at the dining table!

Many first-born children become the main character with big H at the dining table when it's time for their food. It usually becomes difficult for them and soon they discover that parents have all their focus on eating. If they are a bit reluctant with the food but love to be sung and cuddled with, they will soon realize that they can make their parents cuddle and sing and play fantastically fun scenes at the dining table only they sometimes need to eat a little. Don't go easy! It gets foolproof and is also rarely ineffective. Let the child eat what the child wants, if the baby wants to be fed: put up with it. Otherwise, the baby may pick whatever it wants while eating.

Never force feed!

Babies who do not eat can create so much anxiety in their parents that their parents begin to force feed them. Never do it! It aggravates an already poor food situation very quickly. If the baby does not want to start tasting any food at 8-9 months of age at all and you as a parent are beginning to find it difficult, talk to your BVC nurse. They are very good with issues concerning food and make sure you have a wise and caring BVC nurse who can support you when needed.

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57 thoughts on “Smakportioner till bebis – när och hur introducera mat?”

  1. Hello,

    Jag inser att det är ett gammalt inlägg, men jag testar att ställa en fråga ändå!

    Vår son är nu 5 månader och vi började introducera smaksensationer för ungefär en månad sedan. Han visar väldigt stort intresse och skulle gärna vilja få mer än bara lite, problemet är att hans mage inte klara ens sensationer utan vi har fått pausa och testa igen efter en vecka hela tiden. Eftersom han är så intresserad skulle vi gärna låta honom testa men det känna inte bra r han får så fruktansvärt ont i magen. Bör vi vänta eller finns det något som är särskilt snällt att börja med?

    1. Jag skulle råda dig att ta upp frågan med BVC. Så kan ni kanske tillsammans reda ut vad ni kan börja med.

      Greetings,
      Cecilia

  2. Hello,
    I realize this is a pretty old post, but now I have been thinking for so long that I decided to ask anyway.
    My son started to get taste tests already at the age of 3 months because he was so interested in food. Now he is almost 5 months old and eats like a horse. I was allowed to introduce a third meal for him as he otherwise ate ill the two times during the day he was given food. And yet he eats about 2-3 dl porridge in the morning and evening (porridge + substitute + fruit / berry mixture) and approx. 15-20 "ice cubes" with vegetables, root vegetables, fruit and meat during the day.
    I am of course very happy that the food tastes, and the guy is not even close to being overweight so in this way no problems, but I am worried about the fluid balance. Admittedly, he is also breastfed 10 times a day and he has not had any major stomach problems from the food (a little problem sometimes to then remove the poop), but I would slowly like to pull down on the breastfeeding and start giving a fourth time regular food a day, but has not dared in fear of the poor being dried out. I also did not introduce water because BVC strongly advised, and as a small he received bottle compensation for not being underweight, and it was a seven-health battle to get rid of it when regular food increased and he did not need separate compensation in the same way, so I wouldn't be happy to give him either.
    My concern is that he has the right dry lips (not that it flakes but becomes "wrinkles"), plus I think the amount of kissing has decreased. And sometimes he seems to have a little pain to poop, which suggests that he should get some more fluid. In addition, he still wakes 1-2 hours apart at night, and at least 2 times / night he cries for milk, which also makes me think he needs even more fluid.
    I have tried to mix the food with more compensation so that the amount of fluid would increase, giving him all the time he needs at the breast and some more, and always offer both breasts. Have also put myself on a rock hard 3.5 liter / day water intake and try to eat very milk stimulant so that the milk should be as "watery" as possible.
    Do you have any good tips what I could do yet? I wish he could have more food as he thinks it is so interesting and good and maybe slowly start sleeping through the night without waking up thirsty. Because how will it not be when we go to warmer times all the time, after all, it will be dry as a sun-dried tomato if I do not get to know the situation.
    Grateful for answers!
    Ps. Fine reading your Practicals for future parents, comforted many times during pregnancy

    1. Hey!
      What fun to hear that your son likes to eat! Follow him and his interest in food. And just as you thought: when he eats so much food, it is perfectly reasonable to start giving water to drink for the food. You seem to be a wise and attentive mother who sees that he is thirsty and dry about the lips and a little hard in the stomach. Your conclusion that he may need a little more fluid is also quite correct. The advice not to give water is relevant when most of the food intake is milk or replacement. Make a cup or bottle of water for the food and let him drink until he is thirsty.
      Warm greetings
      Cecilia

  3. Will be so pleased to read nuanced posts about children in general and food and children in particular. Is unbelievably tired of all the actors who are unable to argue, but cling to simplified black and white answers. (I suspect that there is a fear that some recipients, read parents, may not have the capacity to think for themselves and evaluate the answers according to their own situation, and that there is then a risk of being "held accountable"?)
    Do you think you are cruel who can give constructive answers even to moral cues. Go you!

  4. If my child is interested in food already at 3 months can I not let it taste? Not as a taste portion but just dipping your finger. I breastfeed just as much as had been thinking about breastfeeding for a long time, but he would like to taste, he flung himself forward to tear the plate. Or would that be dangerous for him then?

    1. Of course you can. Also a taste portion if you like. Or a whole serving if the child wants to. Take care of the food interest!

  5. Hey!
    As I see it, new research has emerged suggesting reduced allergy if allergens are introduced early and that gluten should be avoided if gluten intolerance is present in the genus. Much also suggests that early gluten provocation rather increases the risk of gluten intolerance. I thought that this post which is otherwise very good may need to be updated in this particular area.
    With kind regards
    Chatrin

  6. Hey!
    I wonder about beetroot, which you write that the National Food Agency recommends, but I can not find such information anywhere at the National Food Agency? But is it that children under one year should not eat beets at all (and then I mean fresh, home-cooked). Thanks!

    1. So good if they removed it! There is nothing stupid about giving kids beets if they like it.

  7. Oh! How I wish I read this article in 2011 when my daughter was born! I was pressured by the BVC doctor to force food in her daughter even though she was not ready from when she was 6 months. The doctor scared me and said that my breast milk was only 'water' at the 8-month visit and that the daughter actually has to eat a lot more than she does because otherwise she can get sick, etc. I was so scared that I tried to force the food into the daughter and there were only tears for her and desperation for me. And it didn't work, of course. The doctor didn't even try to help me - just saying she needs to eat more - offered NO alternatives or help.

    The doctor in question is still working at BVC even though I have complained about her because a little later I found out that she was actually lying to me and did not help me with the situation at all, only made it harder because of the press.

    My daughter is 4 years now and HAS major problems with food and even growth. We also had to go to some specialists and try to find out what was 'wrong' about her. I think it's just a difficult relationship with food that started because of the press I got from a doctor and our BVC pediatric nurse actually didn't help the situation either ...

    Of course, I'm also angry at myself for listening to this awful person. My daughter is my first child, so I had no idea how to do it and I actually believed in the doctor (have no family in Sweden) ... that's what to do, right? Nah, now I've learned that this is not true and many doctors actually say what they are doing.

    I get so angry and sad ... Now I have almost 8 months boy and this time we take the really giant calm. I don't even want to talk to the doctors about his eating habits. I don't want to feel pressured in such a horrible way again.

    Waiting for your children is ready and will not let anyone push you. They do not have to lie exactly on some idiotic growth curve and ... and this is most important of all ... every child is different! There are children, healthy children, who are actually not ready to eat at 8 months of age! And this is perfectly normal too! And the breast milk doesn't turn into water later either!

    I just want to cry when I think about all this ...

  8. Hey!
    Quite long after written post, but the text is no less relevant for that.
    However, I also wonder ang. salt. According to the National Food Agency, Swedes in themselves get about twice as much salt as we need. Out of that salt, 70-80% comes from ready-made foods such as bread, meats etc. and thus only a small part that is the salt we pour into the pasta water or places on the table.
    If we get in too much salt, should my daughter also get it if I give her the same food I eat?

    Furthermore, I wonder. just effortless. I was told not to eat it because of a bacterium (listeria?) Which would by all means be rare, but can be difficult for a small child. Is that not true?
    The same bacterium that prevents you from eating it if you are pregnant.

    1. Hey!
      It is just as well that salted pasta water for babies is not a big bow in the population's salt intake, but rather salt in ready-to-eat foods. Listeria does not cause serious illnesses in born children, but in fetuses and humans (children and adults) with severely impaired immune systems).

  9. And by small in the food I mean that a meal consists of about 1-2 tablespoons of food (from can or combination of food I have cooked myself), a few spoons of avocado (But sometimes half an avocado actually) and a half sandwich wafer with butter on. Some mouth water. After this amount, she obviously does not want more food, but milk. Wonder if she doesn't really want milk at all but can join in on regular food for a while, before she thinks it is enough and then very clearly says from .... In the beginning when we tried regular food it was clear that she did not understand why she would eat when she was hungry, because when you are hungry you drink milk as well ...… Saw that I wrote wrong when she started slipping out of her curve, it happened at 3-4 months of age. Have always had a lot of milk, rather than overproduction rather than underproduction, so that shouldn't be the problem. However, I notice that the breasts are less tense now and the abundance and leakage has finally ceased. Then it happened after about six months. Greetings.

  10. Thanks for a very nice and informative blog! Wonder if you can give me advice about my eight month daughter, who is quite small in food I think. Often reads that babies can sit and pet the food but as long as they follow their weight and length curve it does not matter much. However, my daughter does not follow her weight curve but has slipped down some curve, such a gradual loss has happened since 3-4 months back. The length is a bit smaller though. This can stress me out sometimes, and my bvc nurse doesn't think she should lose more in the curve. I may be frustrated that it's such a focus on weight and following the curve, but at the same time I wonder if I should actually be worried ...? Myself, I am also short and slim (and have lost a few kilos until late before pregnancy, maybe due to breastfeeding?), And wonder if it matters to my daughter, so she is perhaps small for the plant? I give her regular food of different kinds, but always have to replenish with breastfeeding as she ultimately does not want to eat more ordinary food and obviously wants the breast. She is not very fond of porridge, and gets about half a deciliter each day, no more anyway. Välling does not go at all. Bottle food is not fun at all. I breastfeed about twice a night (she sleeps between 8-8.30 to 6.30-7), and my bvc-nurse says she wants milk at night because she is not measured by the food she gets during the dga, ergo: the daughter has to eat more during the day. Don't know how it would go ...? Do not want to trough, usually feed with spoon, ibaldn she helps to herself, sometimes I add to theater (which you mean is ineffective) but if she would just try to eat herself, without helping, while I eat then I think that her weight gain would be even worse. In parallel with my feeding, she usually plays with some gadgets or has food in front of her on the table that she can wear, which she thinks is fun! By the way, I think a pretty happy baby. So, this was a long post, thank you in advance if you have any advice on regular food, breastfeeding and weight gain that is too small according to the curves…. Thanks!

  11. Hi Cecilia! Thanks for a great blog! We have started to make our own porridge in the evening in the hope that she will sleep a little longer at night, is there any reason why I should replace the homemade porridge for compensation? The porridge is made from skimmed flour, rosehip peel, palt bread, millet flakes and apricot puree. Can not find compensation that does not contain palm oil which I think you should avoid both as an adult and children to get into. Thanks so much!

  12. Interesting blog! 🙂

    When it comes to food for the little ones, I have often cooked half a carrot which I mixed with a little of our food, butter or a little compensation or carrots from the carrots. My babies have wanted to have everything mashed so I have run with mixer bars. Sometimes I have cooked other vegetables but carrot has been the main ingredient when the baby started eating and also something the baby liked. Has worked so well and did not feel hard to do either.

  13. Food helpful post. 😉
    I'm thinking a bit about that about picking or blw, baby led weaning, ie picking instead of purees. Are there any risks with it? It feels practical for the parents to present just a little of the food that is on the plates, of course soft and lightly mush. As well as for the child, there may be less pressure to allow them to eat at their own pace while free breastfeeding / compensation continues.

  14. Thanks for a great blog! Feels so relieved when I read it. BVC has given me so much scare propaganda and bad conscience needlessly I notice now.

  15. Thank you for your post.

    I belong to those who took BVC on the words. And cooked my own food for the baby (which often resulted in me not being able to cook for myself, rarely ate iron deficiency). Yes, except that she would not get salt or beetroot or spinach (or mangold or nettle) I had also read the Danish recommendations and then the nitrate / nitrite warning also applies to cabbage root, celery, fennel etc. I have also read that babies should not eat raw carrots (don't remember why), smoked products (such as smoked tofu or smoked cheese), dairy products. Babies should also not eat high in fiber or low in fat. I was also told that babies should not eat mold cheese or chilli, ginger, nutmeg, tabasco, sambal oelek, cumin, cayenne or saffron. And of course not sugar or syrup. Yes, or honey then, but it belongs to another non-category.

    In total. Finding any food we could both eat became almost unthinkable. Now I'm more relaxed (thanks to your blog and the fact that baby is ten months and not six). However, I can't believe that she could eat the same food as me, so she still gets some special cooked (but I don't cook unsalted pasta for her every time), some cans, some common food with us adults and some compensation. , gruel and porridge.

    Now, of course, I wonder how it really is with all those other dietary advice, dairy products, smoked products, raw carrots and other nitrite / nitrate warnings.

    And big thanks for your blog.

    1. Dairy products that are pasteurized (and unpasteurized fresh milk must not be sold in Sweden) are good to eat regardless of age. Children under one are not recommended to quench their thirst with cow's milk every meal (it is low in iron and prevents large amounts of iron intake) but after 6 months it is excellent to drink a little sometimes. However, for children under 6 months, human milk or compensation is used as a basis in the diet.

      Torn carrots, I do not understand how anyone could be harmed. Large amounts of smoked meats are not a good base food, regardless of age (contains some salt, among other things), but as an appetizer or similar, it goes well.

      How happy I am to hear that the blog helped you by the way,

  16. Hey! Wondering if there is any difference in how and when to introduce gluten if you do not breastfeed but only give breast milk replacement? Tip?

    MVH Hanna

    1. There is no really good answer to that. But it can certainly be good to do it a little at a time from 4-6 months of age or so. Soak some biscuits in the beginning and then eat small sandwiches. Then maybe add porridge any meal per day. Allowing compensation is left over rather than replacing it with gluten-rich yeast.

  17. Hey!

    Don't know if BVC changed their advice overall or if it's only with us. But my BVC girl said that if our daughter shows interest, we can taste all our food. By taste, she meant dipping her finger in and letting her taste. However, the food she starts eating later would be salt-free but it seems to fit well with your post!
    Thanks for a wonderful blog!

  18. Hi, what a fantastic blog you have. Discovered it by chance the other day and wonder why I didn't find this treasure sooner!

    I have a question that I was going to ask you to consider writing a post about: this one with food and dietary allowance as pregnant and breastfeeding. My first child had verified milk allergy already at the age of 4 months and then all milk proteins were excluded from my diet. I had very low iron values throughout my pregnancy and would then eat supplements. When I was breastfeeding my first child I was very tired but it was called that I did not need any supplements if I kept a varied diet. (Which I do with a lunch box). In retrospect, I found out that I should have eaten calcium as a supplement during breastfeeding and some others believe that I should have also eaten iron. Furthermore, abnormally much hair was lost during breastfeeding (got bare patches on the head and the hairdresser responded). But no one thought I needed to complete at that time. In retrospect, I got the call that I should have done.

    Sum sum room: I do not feel that there is any clear guidance on this with diet and supplements. Now I breastfeed two children, super tired due to some iron, lose hair as if I were a dog that changed to summer fur and absolutely do not drink 5 dl of milk daily. How do I know I'm getting enough for both me and my child? Which nutrients are most important not to miss (except for the d-drops of course). Do you have any other thoughts?

    wonders a confused Therese

    1. Food for breastfeeding is added to the wish list for upcoming posts! Can't answer what exactly you need, but someone who wholly and keeps a completely dairy-free diet needs supplement of calcium, the daily requirement is about 900 mg. Calcium tablets are available free of charge at the pharmacy. To know if iron supplements are needed (it often produces stomach side effects and is therefore not quite festive to take if you don't have to) you need to go to the health center and check blood levels and iron stores (blood tests).

  19. Yes, as Annapanna writes. I would also like to know more about children who do not eat / have a bad interest in food. My first child is bottle fed and at about 8 months I was told by BVC that if he did not eat two meals a day he got nutritional deficiency and when I said he did not want, then I would just spice the food a little more then he would eat . Of course he did not; (That commenter has created a lot of anxiety around the food, even though I tried not to take it, saw that the child was doing well with the food he received + compensation. Ever since he started to crawl he has never been so interested in food and it has continued is now 3 years now and has very difficult to sit still and see the fun of eating.

  20. Would be very happy if you wanted to write a little more about children who do not eat / are small in the food. My eleven months are the most pungent in the food and throw it on the floor. He does NOT want to be fed with a spoon, he should eat himself, but he does not eat any quantities. However, he loves to breastfeed. What worries me a little is that I don't like him growing too much (weighing him on the scales at home, so it doesn't exactly happen ...). Unfortunately, I have no great confidence in my bvc, quite convinced that they would pressure me to stop breastfeeding if I brought the matter up with them. I don't want to, he is so happy about breastfeeding (and me too), so it feels wrong to pick off the only food situation that works well. It stresses me that his weight gain is so poor, at the same time, I do not want to force feed him….

  21. Hi, thanks for several interesting texts!
    Maybe I'm very tired, but do you mean that the child from about four months can eat the same food as the family or taste our food, but still get mainly salt-free food?
    My slut is three months, so I'm very happy that I ran on your text now 🙂

    1. From the age of four months, the child should receive mainly breast milk / compensation but can taste the other family's food if interested, including salted food. (In regards to salt, my advice differs from the Swedish National Food Administration, which in some places says that the baby's kidneys are immature and cannot handle salt. All pediatric kidney doctors I talked to say that it is incorrect. Most international dietary advice, for example from WHO is mentioned not salt at all)

    2. Very interesting! Oh so much worrying and unnecessary debt-bearing ..
      Didn't really feel like I was getting answers, I was probably a little unclear. Do you consider o those you talked to that children between 6 and 12 months can eat family salted food, in addition to breast milk / substitute, or that they should have food cooked without salt but can taste everything?

      Please, Maria

  22. I found your blog today and really like your sensible posts. I would like to ask about your opinion on yogurt. It is said that babies can get disrupted in the acid balance if they eat yogurt. I have a hard time believing this. What do you know / think?

  23. It is nice that you are permissible in terms of food introduction both up and down the age, but I think it is unfortunate that you are not clear that introducing supplemental foods before the age of 17 weeks can cause adverse health effects, as the updated science now points out on.
    To write “If you are going to give your baby who is under the age of three months homemade soup or puree (why then?) Do not give it spinach soup or beetroot puree! Especially not the one that was prepared several days ago. But babies over three months can eat beetroot and green leafy vegetables, especially in the small amounts that are in actuality! ”Without going into the disadvantage of giving solid food to a three-month-old baby (in the first sentence for three months) is not felt really good. How do you think about it?

    See here: http://www.lakartidningen.se/07engine.php?articleId=19285

    Fantastic blog otherwise! <3
    /Flax

  24. Thanks for a very good and helpful (he he) post! We have a son who will soon be 9 months old and who has eaten compensation since about 8 weeks of age. Now he eats a bottle of compensation (for children over 6 months) early in the morning and the rest of the day he eats fruit, food, porridge and drinks water. The other day, we had contact with 1177 and the nurse there questioned why we give him compensation and not yarrow. The thing is, he doesn't like mumps. I find it hard to see what's so strange about him still receiving compensation, but was asked by her, quite strong, reaction to it. Are we thinking of mistakes that haven't phased out that bottle yet?

    1. Flour is a substitute for flour in. Approximately. Välling is a very Swedish invention and children in the rest of Europe often receive compensation further up the age. Rely on your own judgment! You can do it right in many different ways.

    2. No, it's not. Compensation should mimic breast milk and the only satisfactory alternative to it. Ex contains important constituents such as nucleotides. Välling can supplement an introduction of other foods, but compensation is recommended for at least one year.

    3. It strikes me now that my post can be misinterpreted. Compensation cannot be substituted for mumps, certainly not for infants. But mumps can be replaced by compensation. And of course, compensation for at least one year applies to child-reared children, not breastfeeding.

    4. Wonderful Cecilia! Love your blog 🙂 you really make sense you. I have a baby who turns 4 months now April 4th and was thinking about it with taste buds and then I found this post so now I do not think at all
      Well, more 😀 and I'm not even going to introduce little to Joshua, I have always thought that it is to challenge fate and flour we eat in Sweden just too
      A lot of anyway. But can you give compensation longer instead or just ignore completely falling asleep with the baby bottle? When he gets older then!

  25. My children, who are big now, 14 and almost 18 years old, have been given taste portions already at the age of 2 months. A little corn, some potatoes and blueberries, etc. My oldest was born heartbroken, ate at me around the clock so she couldn't eat. I started with taste buds to avoid breastfeeding all the time. She was operated on at 3.5 months and after surgery she ate better. She has never been difficult with food, but has always eaten too little. The son, also got taste buds at 2 months. At 5 months he ate everything. Both food and porridge and compensation. 8 goals per day… .He was not measured on the 5 month can of food, which the limit went at then, but ate a whole 8 months can already then. My children Have never reacted to food, except a little rash around the mouth of strawberry and tomato, which is perfectly normal, and has no allergies. My kids have liked food that is more spicy. They ate better then.

  26. Hi Cecilia!

    First, thanks for a good and easy-to-read blog. Then I have to say that it was interesting to hear that it is not a total salt ban that applies to young children under 1 year. I am completely useless at cooking and when our oldest was little it resulted in her almost only getting baby food can. Cooking two dishes for each meal was just insurmountable. (Yes, I know you can cook and freeze in. Didn't I say that I'm worthless to cook? Also applies to planning and stuff. I was, and am, glad I only managed to produce an edible dish for a meal. ) I raised the matter with BVC, that she only gets canned food because I do not fix to produce salt-free food. The answer was short: no salt before 1 year in combination with a declaration that the industrial food is of good quality. So it had to be canned food. When she started approaching 1 we decided that now it will be enough and then she ate the same food as we adults. When little brother came it was different. He was one of those children who would absolutely eat the same food as us from about 4 months of age. He sat and rattled (newly conceived) at the dining table until he got our food. So then he got it and we ignored everything salt-free before 1 year.

    We really are no big altars in this family, and it had definitely felt better to give the daughter homemade food than those little disgusting jars!

    / Petra

    1. Hey!
      Thanks! Your story encourages me to continue blogging. It can do so much harm to give out unnecessary advice on avoiding things that need not be avoided. Then, of course, I do not mean that your daughter has taken bodily harm from eating salt-free canned food. But that you stressed that way and did not feel competent to give your daughter food. It's hurt enough, I think. The responsibility in Sweden is definitely with the Swedish Food Agency, which advises BVC that the BVC nurses pass on in all well-being.
      Greetings
      Cecilia

  27. Now, it is not BVC that spreads the "myth" of avoiding salt, BVC is directed to follow the advice of the Swedish Food Agency, which should be based on science! We distribute Food for infants that is issued by the Swedish Food Agency and in it you can read that you should be careful with salt! We continue to provide that advice until the food wastes bring new knowledge based on science!

    1. Hi Sister Eva!
      Just as you write, BVC is directed to follow the Swedish Food Agency's advice that you should not give salted food to babies because the kidneys are immature. In his writing with background facts the National Food Agency is more cautious about what they write. There it is clear that the reason why young children should not get salt is that salt consumption should decrease for the entire population. I think that children under 15 months are particularly sensitive to "increased salt intake". In practice, we see problems with the salt balance in infants for 15-20 months in connection with stomach ailment and dehydration, especially dangerous to have received miscellaneous fluid replacement. But then it is also dangerous to have received liquid compensation with too much sugar i. Incorrect compensation to children under 6 months can cause dangerous salt balance problems, if you give too much powder and too little. On the other hand, I have never met a child between 6 and 12 months who has come in with symptoms of salt poisoning or found to have it because the baby has eaten larger or smaller amounts of the other family's food. Do you have it?

      WHO also gives advice which are based on scientific studies on breeding. I think their advice is well-worded, wise and well-balanced in its entirety. Highly recommended! They choose not to write anything about babies not getting salted food, or green leafy vegetables for that matter. However, since so many Swedish mothers who cannot or do not want to breastfeed for two years or more are ill-treated and are hindered in their relationship with the baby by calls to breastfeed for a long time and compensation in Sweden works well, however, I do not think it is not appropriate in Sweden Being as categorical as WHO is about breastfeeding and its importance. Here I've written more about it. But as a whole, I think WHO's advice is much better than the Swedish Food Agency's!

  28. Hunting just it's so damn weird that it's so different in different countries. I am Swedish but live in England, so read on a little from both countries, but I follow WHO (breastfeeding for 2 years, no taste portions before 6 months etc). How come Sweden does not give the same advice as WHO then? (I don't question you, just think it's a pretty interesting topic)

    1. There are many who have taken on the task of giving parents advice on food (and now I have sold myself to them; what have I given up on?) In Sweden, the National Food Agency gives official advice on baby food. We in child health care (BVC) and child health care provide plenty of food advice to parents in practice. As a doctor, I am used to reading scientific articles and forming my own view of the state of research. Therefore, my advice differs from the Swedish Food Agency's advice in some respects. WHO: advice I think is wise and well formulated from a global perspective. If the food the babies may be interested in before the age of 6 months risks giving them stomach ailments in a country where stomach ailments are a major killer, it is wise to prevent the baby! But with us (England or Sweden) the food is clean and if the baby would be unlucky to get stomach sick after all, it will do it. This is where I feel caring about the joy of eating can go before.

      I also know that the length of the breastfeeding period is a highly personal issue between each mother-child couple. Again: WHO is wise, in a global perspective. In those places in the world where access to clean, nutritious food and water is not so good, it is perfectly right for the children to do what they can to as many children as possible to breastfeed as long as possible. But with us, I know that mothers become very sad and even offended and prevented in their relationship with their children from being respected for their sense of how long it is just for them to breastfeed their child. Here I find the benefit of happy moms who feel competent and able to make decisions is so great for the well-being of children that I do not pass on WHO's advice. But I encourage all mother-child couples to continue breastfeeding! Regardless of the child's age.

    2. But, you do not just follow WHO's advice for that reason. Diabetes, obesity, increased risk of cancer in the mother etc - it does not matter in which part of the world you live, if you breastfeed for 2 years the risks decrease, whether you live in Sweden or the third world. It is a myth that WHO is mainly aimed at poor developing countries, they are called the WORLD Health Organization.And even if the children do not die of stomach flu here, this is probably something you want to avoid (like diarrhea and constipation, I do not know how many blogs I reads daily about babies who are stuffed full of porridge and gruel and then need "help" with the poop). Isn't it better then to follow WHO and recommend waiting with food until the baby's stomach is more mature to receive it?
      Sure, eating pleasure should be encouraged, but it is not ruined by waiting a little ... Then I do not think that you can compare breast milk with raspberries or meatballs! Too bad that so many Swedes believe it and that they replace breastfeeding with a worse alternative at 4 months.

    3. I think I wrote why I do not think it is good to recommend a fixed length of breastfeeding period in the last paragraph of my last comment.

    4. If you read SLV's advice, it is not about replacing breastfeeding / compensation, but about the extremely small amount of food, eg dipping your finger in their own food, giving something to suck / rub on. It also states that the main industry comes from breast milk / replacement.

      Personally, I think that children and their stomachs develop differently quickly. If the child can sit himself and bring food to his mouth and they do not seem to get stomach pain, the stomach is probably ready (but it is only my layman's thoughts).
      Recommendations are nevertheless at the group level.

  29. WHO says no food before 6 months! And in most other countries in Europe this advice is given, why not follow it in Sweden? Because babies begin to show interest at 4 months does not mean that their stomachs are mature (and therefore more at risk of allergies, especially gluten). In England, where I live, one should give nothing but breast milk or compensation before one can sit all by himself (6-7 months), and certainly not gluten before 6 months. I would like to know where these advice given in Sweden comes from, because I am very interested in the subject and have read a lot. Thanks!

    1. Thank you for your question! What I have written about gluten introduction is relatively in line with what the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has written in its guidelines here: http://espghan.med.up.pt/position_papers/con_28.pdf It is a tongue of knowledge and reasoning text, which is, however, anything but glassy in terms of gluten. It appears from the studies that exist that both early (before 4 months) and late (after 7 months) gluten introduction increases the risk of gluten intolerance, while slow introduction between 4 and 6 months during concurrent breastfeeding provides the lowest risk.

      There is no scientific support for it to protect against allergies to prevent babies from tasting food from an early age. A child's interest in food and food enjoyment should always be encouraged. Whether it is breastfeeding joy, raspberry joy or meatball delight.

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