She bought this Cerelac, a baby food for 6 to 24 months of age. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months – a global public health recommendation. Nestle recommend Cerelac from six months of age in accordance with WHO’s recommendation.
I am hesitant to give any commercially prepared solid foods for my child. I do not want him to take variety of preservatives at his very young age. Besides, we are already feeding him with a variety of fruits and some plain biscuits. I think commercially prepared food supplements are not necessary.
Based on Nestle Cerelac label, the main components are wheat, banana and milk. The rest of the ingredients are:
Skimmed milk, wheat flour, banana, hydrolyzed wheat flour, palm olein, sucrose, taurine, fish oil, (DHA), BFIDUS BL® (Bifidus culture), vanillin, Vitamins ( vitamin C, vitamin A, niacin, Vitamin E, calcium panthothenate, vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, vitamin B2, folic acid, vitamin D3, biotin and vitamin B12) and minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, ferric pyrophosphate and potassium iodide). May contain traces of soya.
The “No preservatives” claim is clearly written on front panel. It can be true because it is in powder form and neatly packed in multi-laminated aluminum foil.
The back label contains nutrients information and some useful information from Nestle’s Nutrition Reasearch:
Did you know?
Starting six months, your child’s nutritional needs increase because of rapid growth and development. It is also at this stage that he is more susceptible to common childhood diseases. Protect him by giving proper nutrition through the food that he eats.
Cerelac is a nutrient dense food ideal for your child’s small tummy. It also contains Protect Plus™, a combination of BIFIDUS BL® and DHA. BIFIDUS BL® – a live beneficial microorganism generally called probiotics. DHA – an omega-3 fatty acid found in eyes and brain.
Seems convincing. I am thinking if I gonna feed or not to my baby boy .