FOR GOOD HEALTH
Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU)
A young farmer and his wife lived in a village. It was far
from the town. They loved each other very much. Their
first child was born, adding to their happiness. The young
mother enjoyed breast-feeding her baby. There is no
better food for a new-born baby than Mother's milk.
After a few months, the mother noticed that the baby was
losing weight, and had become irritable and was often
sick. The couple became worried about the baby's health.
One morning, the couple took their baby to a doctor. The doctor
said that the baby looked undernourished. He said that although
mother's milk is best for a new-born baby, after four months other
supplementary food is also needed for healthy growth.
The mother then asked what kind of
food was good for her baby. The
doctor started to explain....
As a baby has no teeth, and his
stomach and bowels are not yet
accustomed to any solid food, a mother
should start feeding her baby very
small amounts of liquid or soft food.
For example, fruit juice, mashed boiled
egg and beans are good supplementa-
ry foods for the baby.
Before cooking your baby's food, you
should carefully wash your hands and
kitchen utensils with clean water.
Feed your baby only freshly cooked
Keep insects and animals away from
the baby's food.
(1) mush well
(3) cook until soft
(2) squeeze well to extract juice
You can easily prepare your baby's
food from dishes cooked for adults in
your family. Choose nutritious foods
which are not too spicy, too salty, or too
sweet. Make them softer for your baby
by mashing or further cooking.
After coming back from the doctor's clinic, the mother started
feeding her baby small amounts of liquid and soft food from
each group of foods in addition to breast-feeding.
The baby gradually
came to like many
different kinds of
Before long, their baby became healthy.
Three Basic Food Groups