Get to know the WHO’s recommended MPASI Responsive Feeding Method

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Has your little one entered the age of solid food? Wow, the mother must be confused about finding the right MPASI method for your little one. Do not let parents apply MPASI that is not right, because it can interfere with the health and growth of children. One of the methods suggested by WHO & UNICEF is the r methodresponsive feeding. This method encourages us to observe the child’s response to his food.

So here are 5 things we should know about the method responsive feeding on the child’s complementary food, Mother!

1. Pay Attention to Texture and Nutrition in Food

It is recommended that children’s age when they eat solid food is 6 months old, parents! Do not give MPASI to children under the age of 6 months, because their digestion is not yet fully formed. If it is forced it will interfere with the digestive tract and the health of the little one.

Refer to the method responsive feeding Complementary foods, as children get older, improve the texture of food. Do not forget to also pay attention to the adequacy of nutrients in food. Try to make your own complementary food, so you can know what nutrients your child has consumed. If we pay attention to children’s nutrition properly, then children will avoid the potential for obesity, diabetes and so on.

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2. Pay attention to the child’s response to hunger and satiety

Parents, don’t forget to recognize how your little one’s response to hunger and satiety is. This can make it easier for us to know when the child should start eating and stop eating.

One of the signs of a hungry child is whining and crying. In addition they also put their hands, fingers or objects into their mouths. When we show the food he looks interested and his eyes follow the food we bring.

While the signs that the child is full are removing the food from the mouth, playing with the food, closing the mouth and refusing when we feed it, and keeping the head away from the food.

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3. Don’t Force Your Child to Eat or Stop

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After recognizing the hunger and satiety responses in children, we certainly understand when to give children food and when to stop eating children. Fathers need to know that we should not force children to start eating or stop eating.

This is because, if we are accustomed to forcing a child to eat or stop eating even though he is not full, then he may think that eating is not a fun activity. Though eating is an important activity that should not be missed.

If your child refuses to eat, you can find out the reason why he is refusing food. It could be because he doesn’t want to be fed, because there are children who are curious and want to do things on their own.

The child does not want to eat can also be because he does not like the taste of the food. At the age of one year, children are usually familiar with sweet and salty tastes. So that the little one refuses solid food because it tastes bland.

Mother, don’t worry, because we can arouse children’s appetite through interesting food visuals. For example, giving vegetable decorations in the form of flowers, or the shape of a face from seaweed. Thus, your little one will be interested in the food again.

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4. Avoid Distraction When Your Little One Eats

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Refer to the method responsive feedingWhen the child is eating, try to keep away objects that can interfere with the child’s eating concentration. For example, turn off the television first, keep your little one away from gadgets, save children’s toys and other things if they don’t focus on their food.

This is done so that children recognize food and eating patterns well. Because if the child is allowed to continue eating while watching television, then he does not realize what he is eating, does not understand how it tastes and does not understand whether he is full or not.

These various responses can interfere with their diet and have a serious impact on the health of the baby.

The process of child growth and development is indeed very complex, especially if the child has started at the stage of eating solid food. Parents should be careful and keep an eye on what their children eat. So that children can grow up healthy and happy.

Written by Arta Laras Angelina, UGC Contributor

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