By 11 months, you and your baby will have had lots of practice around managing mealtimes.
If your baby is refusing to eat, try feeding them in a new environment. In warmer weather, move their highchair outside onto the grass. Distraction can be a good motivator when it comes to eating, and sometimes the smallest changes result in the biggest outcomes.
Keep things as simple as possible, and avoid making your 11 month old baby special meals. There is no need for them to have any food other than what you’re eating, as long as it’s healthy. Keep small portions of food aside for them before adding salt, sugar and additives to suit your own tastes.
Expect some days when your 11 month old seems less interested in what you are offering, and always speak and check with a qualified nurse or healthcare professional for advice and guidance if you are ever concerned about your baby's feeding.
Teething, especially, can cause discomfort and chewing foods with textures can create extra sensitivity. Try offering cooler foods with smoother textures such as yoghurt, pureed fruit and cereals. Follow your baby’s lead around what they want to eat and what disinterests them.
Make a point of offering your baby a new food every couple of days. Try buying a variety of new types of fruits and vegetables which you may not have tried to add variety to meal time. Sometimes, you just can't assume baby will say no, even if they haven't tried it before. In fact, they could even change their mind and accept a food another time when they previously rejected it.
Keep on keeping on with breastfeeding your 11 month old baby, though try to limit the number of breastfeeds to around 3-4 within 24 hours to encourage meals eating. From a nutritional perspective, your baby’s main food source at 11 months needs to be solid foods.
Aim to breastfeed after their meals, but don’t be too concerned if they still want the occasional ‘snack’ feed at the breast. Separation anxiety can peak at this age, and many babies seek reassurance and comfort from breastfeeding as much as to satisfy their hunger.
Breastfeeding can provide a calm oasis and opportunity to sit quietly. At these moments you’ll be reminded that although your 11 month old may seem to have grown quickly, they are not so big after all. Make the most of these special feeding times.
If you’re not breastfeeding, cow’s milk based formula (or goats milk for those babies who prefer something easy to digest), is the best source of nutrition for your 11 month old baby. They can have straight goat milk in cereal and cooked foods. However, their main milk drink still needs to be formula.
Offer your baby breakfast before their first formula bottle of the day, otherwise they may not want to eat so well. At 11 months, babies often want to finish their day with a bottle. A bath after an early dinner, into pyjamas, then a story and a cuddle and bottle works for most.
Try stopping all overnight bottles if your baby is still waking for them.
For breakfast, wheat, rice and oat based cereals will provide your baby with important nutrients and kilojoules to fuel their day. Make a point of offering some fresh fruit as well at breakfast. Be mindful that toast alone for breakfast is not enough for a growing baby. Toast is fine when it’s given as well as cereal, but insufficient on its own.
Choose foods which bear the greatest resemblance to their original form.
Always read the nutritional labels on packaging and be suspicious if:
Always speak and check with a qualified nurse or healthcare professional for advice and guidance on your eleven month old baby’s individual feeding needs.
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For mums who are able to, breastfeeding is best for babies. It delivers many benefits for both mum and baby. Breastmilk contains all the nutrients your growing bub needs to thrive, especially in the first 6 months of life, plus antibodies to help them fight infections.
It’s important for pregnant and breastfeeding mums to maintain good nutrition. Deciding to use a combination of breast and bottle-feeding for an extended period may reduce your own breast milk supply, and reversing your decision may be difficult.
When using infant formula, follow the feeding guide and preparation directions carefully. Improper use or incorrect preparation of infant formula can make your baby ill.
Consult your doctor or health care professional for advice prior to using the formula to feed your baby. You should also consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use infant formula.
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