Baby Nutrition

Birth to 4 Months

The most natural nutrition for a newborn baby is its own mother’s milk! This is a well-known fact. Babies who are breastfed by their mothers have a lower death rate and become ill less frequently than artificially bottle-fed babies. Breastfed babies should be demand-fed with an interval of more or less 3 hours between feeds. Breastfed babies can pass several stools in a day or they may pass a stool occasionally. This is normal.

What to do if you cannot breast feed?

There are many baby formulated foods on the market. Choose a formula which is easily digested by your baby. You will know that your baby is satisfied by the milk formula if the stools are regular. There is very little burping, bloating and no vomiting. The formulas which are best tolerated are usually either goats milk based or soya milk base.
In the first 4 months milk feeds are sufficient with the occasional drink of boiled cooled water on very hot days.
Baby’s appetites differ. Allow for this by giving a little more or less milk at a feed. Generally speaking, it should not take longer than 20 minutes from beginning to the end of a feeding session.

4 Months to 6 Months

At 4 months a little stewed apples and pears or fresh paw-paw can be given in between the milk feeds. Try to prepare the food you give your baby fresh, as frozen and reheated foods can cause a lot of digestive disturbances.
Continue for approximately 4 weeks with a little fruit as a meal, once per day.
After 4-6 weeks of having one fruit meal a day, you can now start with one vegetable meal per day as well.
Do not give the fruit meal and the vegetable meal at the same time.
You can offer the baby a drink of milk at the end or just before you give the fruit or vegetables. Babies with a big appetite can become impatient being fed from a spoon and react by screaming! This turns mealtimes into nightmares. For these babies, allow them to suck and drink enough milk to satisfy their hunger a little. Then start the spoon-feeding. In this way bad tantrums around mealtimes can be avoided.
The best vegetables for babies are: Butternut, potato, carrot, pumpkin, beetroot, sweet potato. These are all root vegetables and the pumpkin family. Avoid green, leafy vegetables, or above the ground vegetables, until the baby has some teeth. Cook the root vegetables and pumpkin well, mix with a little Herbamare seasoning and add a little unsalted butter. Brown rice can be very well cooked and added to the mashed vegetables if your baby is very hungry.
Your baby is now 6 months old and is having milk, one fruit meal per day and one vegetable meal per day. You can choose if you want to give the fruit or the vegetables in the morning or in the afternoon.

6 Months to 9 Months

Most babies are ready to start their first grain at age 6 months to 7 months.
The best grains to introduce your baby to are:

  • Oats
  • Brown rice
  • Millet
  • Mealie Meal
  • Maltabella

Cook these grains until very soft and flavour with a little barley malt, sea salt, and unsalted butter. Do not cook the grains until they are thick and stodgy. Add enough water to allow the resulting porridge to be soft and creamy.
Avoid using baby cereals as they have been processed. Rather teach your child to enjoy natural wholegrain porridges.
Your child is now 9 months old and is having milk, one fruit meal per day, one vegetable meal and one grain meal per day. Cooled boiled water can be given when desired.

9 Months to 1 Year

Most babies have a few teeth at 9 months of age. This allows them to digest proteins as well as other vegetables, fruits and grains with greater ease. Nature signals the changing digestive powers by showing that the person can now chew!
You can now add other fruits to your baby’s diet. Try stewed prunes, stewed peaches, fresh kiwi and very ripe banana and avocado pear. Always give fruit as a separate meal. Avoid giving your baby fruit juices. Fruit is best eaten as a whole fruit, not as a drink. The concentrated fruit sugar in fruit juices can easily cause digestive disorders and tooth decay in babies.
You can now start adding green beans or broccoli, etc., to your baby’s vegetable meals. You could also chop a little free-range chicken or lamb into the vegetable stew. Start adding a little Plantaforce extract to enhance the flavour of the meal while adding valuable nutrients for good health. Season the vegetable/meat stew with Herbamare herbal salt as well as a little unsalted butter.
If you wish to raise your child a vegetarian, you can add soya proteins to the vegetable meal. You can choose to use lentils and/or dried beans as well. Tofu is easily digested and can be beneficial in your baby’s diet.
You can also feed your baby a soft boiled egg once or twice per week. Buy organic or free range eggs.
At this age your baby will enjoy eating by herself or himself. You can give steamed carrots cut into chunky bites, or a piece of soft fruit. Choking is always a danger when they learn how to feed themselves. Do not give nuts or hard fruit, or a piece of meat which can easily cause them to choke.
Your baby is now 1 year old and is having milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, butter and cooled boiled water.
A few do’s and don’ts:
Do not make mealtimes war-zones. Food should be given at a set time, in a set place without emotional involvement. Your child must eat and enjoy the food; not because you are applauding every mouthful. All parents become worried if a child has a small appetite. It is also true that children learn incredibly fast that food can be a manipulative tool to get control over someone or to get attention.

Do not feed your child titbits of biscuits and sweets and endless juices, and then wonder why he/she is not hungry at mealtimes. Too much eating is done on the run, with our children also following in this bad habit. Meals should be fed at set times, in a set place. This will overcome many problems encountered in the habits of little ones

Avoid food becoming a pacifier or a reward to good behaviour. Food can be a treat, never a reward.
Your child will flourish on plain foods which should be freshly cooked or mashed and which are eaten in an atmosphere of peace and calm. Shouting or force should never be used to feed a child.
Stop thinking that you are depriving your child by not feeding him/her refined wheat products, sugar and other bad foods.You can offer your child no greater gift than good health and good habits set by a good example in the home.
Do not be too quick to feed your baby wheat and dairy products. It is a good idea to start these foods at 2 years of age. Wheat and dairy intolerance has been linked to stunted growth, mucous discharges, behaviour problems, asthma, eczema and diarrhoea.
Most children will need some help with their digestion or appetite in their first year. Consult a homoeopath to help you sort out these common problems.
Bio-Strath Herbal Yeast Elixir should be given from 6 weeks onwards, even earlier if desired, as an all-round tonic to your growing child. From birth, you can dip a dummy into the elixir for your baby, up to 3 times a day. Regular use of this product can ward off many calamities and illnesses.
Dr A.Vogel’s Urticalcin is essential in the growing child’s life. Calcium is the mineral of abundance to facilitate healthy blood, bones and teeth. One Tablet crushed and given 2 times a day is more than enough.

Nothing is cast in stone. If your baby is a great drinker and a poor eater, accept it. If your baby is a small drinker and eater, that could be his/her way. Your responsibility is to ensure the best food at every meal, big or small. Above all, enjoy the time you have with your baby. This experience for your little one is never to be repeated!

Did you know?

Mother’s Milk is the only natural and perfect food for a young baby. Nothing is more important for the infant’s wellbeing and health in later life. This has been proved time and again by statistics on infant mortality which show that bottle-fed babies have a far greater death rate than those who have been breastfed. In fact, the most crucial time for the baby is its first few days of life, when circumstances may decide whether it will live or die. Even in animals we can see how nature does not tolerate any interference without serious consequences. Any farmer or country person knows how difficult it is to raise young animals, for example lambs, without their mother’s milk, however strong they may seem at birth.

Even the best lambs sometimes die if they are given cow’s milk, or even if they are fed sheep’s milk obtained from a ewe other than its own mother. Nothing is better for the newborn animal and its healthy development than its own mother’s milk. A calf must have cow’s milk, a lamb must have sheep’s milk, and babies must have human milk. It alone is physiologically and biologically right in its composition to give the new human body what it needs for proper growth, for the development of the bone structure, nervous system and all the organs and tissues.

Breast milk, especially the very first secretion called colostrums, contains enzyme-like substances, nutritive salts and vitamins, some of which are known to us but others unknown; these cannot be found in any other food in the same quality and proportions. Moreover, breast milk is the source of immunising agents and alexins that protect the baby from diseases. Herein lies one of the greatest secrets of why very young breast-fed babies are immune to certain infections.

The argument that suckling a baby damages a mother’s health and beauty can be refuted as unfounded because there is sufficient evidence to the contrary. A mother who is reasonably healthy actually benefits from breast-feeding, since during the time of nursing, under normal circumstances, the glands with internal and external secretions will function more efficiently and abundantly. The absorption of food and its vitamins is at its best at this time. The womb returns to normal much more easily in nursing mothers than in those who renounce their natural privilege and bottle-feed their offspring. Also, there is no doubt that a lasting psychological rapport and harmony are established between the mother and her breast-fed baby. In this way both mother and child profit by this natural relationship, as is always evident when we refrain from interfering with the Creator’s natural laws. For the normal development and effective resistance to disease in the years to come, the foundation laid by breast-feeding is of the greatest importance to the baby. Experience and medical statistic prove that breast-fed babies recover from children’s diseases much more easily and with fewer complications than bottle-fed children of a similar constitution.
Young mothers are sometimes unhappy and nervous when the flow of milk does not appear on the very first day. But it should be remembered that this would be quite unnatural as the baby should not receive any food during the first 24 hours of life. At the beginning, the breasts produce only the highly nutritious colostrum; the actual milk does not appear before the third, and sometimes on the fourth to the sixth day. So, young mothers, do not despair when things do not immediately turn out in the way you may have expected. Later, if your milk supply is not enough to satisfy the baby, a few tablets of calcium complex with Urticalcin will help the flow.


Dr Vogel has written a book, The Nature Doctor, a highly recommended volume for every home. Virtually every condition known to mankind is dealt with in detail, in simple layman’s terms, covering hundreds of topics. His wealth of wisdom and knowledge makes this a valuable asset in every home. Should you wish to order a copy of this book, please do so through your pharmacy or health store.

Urticalcin Tablets. Application No. U959 (Act 101/1965).
Each tablet contains Calcium carb. Hahnem. D4 0.50 mg, Calcium Phos D6 0.50 mg, Natrium phos D6 0.50 mg, Silicea D6 2.50 mg and Urtica D1 10.00 mg in a tablet base composed of lactose, potato starch and magnesium stearate.

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