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Expert panel: Nutrition

So many parents write to us wanting to know how to introduce solids and how to get their fussy eater to expand their palette. These are some of the questions our nutrition expert panel receive every day. If you have a question about feeding your little one then take a look at our archive of previously answered questions. Or, why not ask your own question and have the answer shared with other readers who might just have the same concerns as you.

Please note questions are not answered live. If you are at all concerned about your health or your bubs contact your doctor immediately.

Questions about Nutrition

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Leann...
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Hi There, There are many ways you can approach this, I really recommend discussing it with your child health nurse as she will have your and your ...

Answered: 08 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Katrina, So Cody is about the 8th percentile for weight, but over the 95th for length, he is also tracking along these percentiles since birth?...

Answered: 08 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, I would recommend following up with your child health nurse, if she has suggested more meat, then she should ideally also be able to pro...

Answered: 08 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Jo, Sounds like things are going pretty well really, it is expected that a baby about this age will require a feed around 1-2am. As babys tumm...

Answered: 08 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, It can be hard to get a definitive answer on these sorts of issues, largely because babies are all so very different, the guidelines are...

Answered: 08 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi, Well done, you have done a great job in feeding for so long, but I soooo understand you wanting your body back. I have included a couple o...

Answered: 01 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi, It`s not easy when they refuse an entire food group, I really do understand. The upside of the situation is the it is easier to get 2 serv...

Answered: 01 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Michelle, Thanks for the great feedback about the book and my hat off to you on the fantastic job you have obviously done! So, on the ques...

Answered: 01 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, It is reasonably common that some bubs take a little longer to take to solids, which is just fine; it is a bit of a case of ‘le...

Answered: 01 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi, Yes you can, that is fine, it’s a fabulous food! Lots of calcium and probiotics which are great for you both. Just watch out for s...

Answered: 01 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Alisha, Yes food can most definitely influence behaviour, what is in the food as well as the timing of meals. Firstly, hungry children can...

Answered: 01 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, I am wondering if your bub has had a drop in percentiles and if so, how many and where he is he now? It is common for bubs to change...

Answered: 01 Feb 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, I understand your concern; obviously food provides a number of nutrients in greater amounts than breastmilk. Just wondering how her grow...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi, I think you have voiced a very common concern and also reflected the confusion that there is out there about weaning and cow’s milk. To ...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Hi Nicki, Yes the additives would have been the main offenders, are there any additives at all, even natural ones? What about sugar and salt? Soun...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi, Many processed baby foods are quite good now; you may even like to consider the Heinz organic range as well as some of the more specialised ra...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi, As baby is 10 months I am assuming by milk you mean formula? Let me know if you are using milk as in cow’s milk. Otherwise the other thi...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Kia ora Keriana, Good on you for looking at yoghurt, personally I think it is a fabulous early food and both my boys loved it at about 7-8 months....

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Katherine, Welcome to the fussy eating club, I have a five year old still going strong. Toddlers and preschoolers have extremely busy ‘da...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Hi Tanya, Sounds like you are doing a great job, not easy at the best of times, so well done! Honey, cow’s milk as a drink, spinach and ex...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Jess, It does sound like he may be reacting to something in the formula, it could be anything, but lactose is a possible contender. They do mak...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Hi Andrea, Well done to you for looking at making your own fruit yoghurt – great! Yes it must be full fat (until at least 2 yrs). I recommen...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi, Unfortunately there isn’t really any formula to work out what a baby needs to drink, formula tins use a guide which accounts for the mos...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi, Sodium in excess is dealt with by the kidneys, your kidneys are the organs that keep the fluid parts of our body in balance (pressure wise) an...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, It sounds like a heat rash especially if the rash is on the contact side or a reaction to something on your body, over a food reaction. ...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Hi, Transitioning from milk feeds is one of the questions I get asked about a lot. Ideally you would wean your toddler off formula entirely and th...

Answered: 29 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi There, I understand your concern; obviously food provides a number of nutrients in greater amounts than breastmilk. Just wondering how her gr...

Answered: 22 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi Nicki, Yes the additives would have been the main offenders, are there any additives at all, even natural ones? What about sugar and salt? S...

Answered: 22 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi, Many processed baby foods are quite good now; you may even like to consider the Heinz organic range as well as some of the more specialised r...

Answered: 22 Jan 2008
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Leann...
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Hi, I think you have voiced a very common concern and also reflected the confusion that there is out there about weaning and cow’s milk. T...

Answered: 22 Jan 2008