“Time to eat!” from 25./26. May:
It’s wonderful that the Prussian way we “supposedly” set for parents to feed our children is finally being called into question.
I am a specialist in child and adolescent medicine, established as a contract doctor in Gauting near Munich, and I have the courage to support the parents of my patients and offer them the “colorful bouquet of many tastes”. After all, breast milk tastes different depending on what the mother ate..
dr Annette Eiden, Gauting
Look over the rim of the glass
I recommend checking out the baby food shelves at gourmet France. The offer is much more colorful there. There you can find a wide variety of vegetables such as artichokes or even green beans. Fish tanks are called there: lotte and artifacts either cabillaud avec petits pois.
And my daughter thought it was great at the time, especially the fish dishes. That says everything.
Anja Lungwitz, Dusseldorf
The headline suggests that parents in Germany no longer receive up-to-date recommendations for feeding their young children. The reasoning is based on two errors.
First of all, the article does not clearly differentiate between the old manufacturers’ recommendations, as can still be seen in the tables, and the official recommendations of the German Nutrition Society (DGE) and the Research Department of Child Nutrition (FKE). . However, it is not surprising that there is a lot of uncertainty here, not only among parents, since if you look for these recommendations on the Internet, you will only find brochures that are subject to a fee and for which you also have to pay the shipping costs.
The second paragraph supposedly mentions the official recommendations. Here, the knowledgeable reader and also the reader are surprised for the first time when he says here, from the fifth month, meat-potato-vegetable porridge. And after much criticism of these supposedly strict guidelines, you finally read what the official recommendations really are, namely: the first complementary food between the fifth and seventh month. Thus adapted to the development of the child and not according to a fixed plan.
The FKE recommendations also include exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and beyond as a supplement. As mentioned in the article, DGE has no concerns about a vegetarian diet. Vegan diets for young children are discouraged, but there are recommendations on what parents should consider if they really want them.
Making your own fries is also recommended if you don’t just look at the charts. The comment, “For a long time it was said that babies should start complementary feeding from the age of five months”, seems to come more from the manufacturer’s recommendations, since the current FKE recommendations were already in force in the mid-1980s . The only change, as correctly mentioned in the article, is the increased variety. In terms of allergy prevention, people used to think that certain products should be avoided in the first year of life. The amendment to this recommendation shows that new knowledge is being incorporated.
The second mistake is to attribute the incorrect nutritional behavior and frequent obesity of older children to incorrect recommendations of complementary foods for the first year of life. Of course it is absolutely true that nutrition is crucial in the first year of life, and probably in the mother-to-be’s as well. And baby-led weaning as a supplement to porridge is quite normal for mothers who cook alone. The child eats at the family table and can also taste. And this is also expressly established in the recommendations from the tenth month. The cited experts do not refute these recommendations either, but complement them with other aspects.
What is ignored, however, is that the children’s food can only be as good as that of the family, because the child eats with them when he is two years old at the latest. And if in many families the common meal does not correspond to the recommendations or eat in a pleasant environment, it is probably better if the child is served a glass instead of some greasy chips.
Little mention is made of the all-important aspect of nutritional education that could turn babies into pleasurable eaters. It’s not just about what you eat, but more importantly how. If the child is being fed in front of the television or with the mobile in hand, the best food will not do any good. Cooking together and trying new types of preparation is also part of nutrition education. This is where the criticism must begin. State institutions barely reach parents who need support. If official offers are hard to come by and subject to a fee, it shouldn’t be surprising if they don’t get where they’re needed most. Advertising then fills this gap and also advertises specifically to children. There are no legal restrictions on this yet. Therefore, it is not the wrong complementary food recommendations, but the lack of knowledge about it or the wrong implementation that leads babies to become fat children.
Maria Maak, ecotrophologist from Winterhausen
The essence of child nutrition is the progressive introduction of new foods into the diet. Food intolerances cannot be identified faster. Infant feeding is not a disease that should be part of medical school. There are nutritionists who have the necessary skills.
Lydia Wallerer, ecotrophologist from Munich
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