Weaning, don't overdo the protein

Weaning, don't overdo the protein

“Eat, eat carnina if you want to grow up”. I have heard it many times, with this diminutive or synonym that they tend to fondle what's in the baby's saucer. It is typical of Italian grandmothers who are worried that the baby won't eat enough (we have one at home too :-)). In fact, in recent years, more and more studies state the opposite: the baby's diet must be as varied and differentiated as possible and contemplate an amount of protein inversely proportional to what shines in the eyes of anxious grandmothers and mothers.

A food pyramid

We think aboutfeeding our baby as if it were one pyramid: the base is made up of cereals (pasta, rice, flour, bread ...), fruit and vegetables (to be consumed respectively in 2 and 3 portions per day), further upInstead, milk, yogurt and derivatives, then eggs, fish and meat.

This translated into a weekly menu for a child, in the first years of life, means not exceeding two portions of meat per week, alternating white and red meats. And for the rest of the days, what will the baby eat, obviously according to the food introduction calendar? Eggs, fish, cheese, taking care to introduce proteins of vegetable origin. Like those found in legumes.

Because obviously proteins are essential for the growth of the child, the amino acids they contain are the "building blocks" of his development.

Obesity and proteins

In our country there are one million children of school age with weight problems.

Causes? Too sedentary life and incorrect eating habits. As if to say, a little fruit and vegetables, a lot of sugars and proteins. Today, studies say it all starts in the belly. Pregnant women who consume too much protein would create possible foundation for the baby's future overweight. And it continues in the first years of life with a weaning that includes an excessive intake of proteins, so much so that the Del Paesena Society of Pediatrics advises not to exceed the doses of 20-30 g of meat or cooked ham per serving, do not exceed in use Parmigiano (the famous spoon that Del Paeseni goodies would add once in a while and the other as well), prefer artificial milk not too rich in proteins (so as to be as similar as possible to mother's milk) and limit the amount of cow's milk afterwards the year.

What's on Lea's saucer this week?

  • 1 serving of turkey

  • 1 portion of cooked ham (which he loves to nibble freehand into small pieces)

  • 2 servings of lentils

  • 1 serving of split peas

  • 1 portion of sea bass

  • 1 portion of sole

  • 1 portion of ricotta

  • 1 soft-boiled egg yolk

  • 1 hard egg yolk

  • 1 portion of fresh growth

  • 2 teaspoons of Parmigiano Reggiano

  • 1 serving of light beef stock (chicken based)

  • 2 portions of yogurt

All "washed down" with vegetables, vegetables and greens, fruit and carbohydrates of various kinds. Read all the episodes of the weaning agenda

The author of the article and the photographer

Miralda Colombo she is a journalist and author of the blog www.ilcucchiainodialice.com, born on the occasion of the weaning of her daughter Alice and from which the recipe book for children "The spoon", ed. Gallucci. In recent months she has restarted the weaning adventure with her second child Lea and she has agreed to accompany the mothers of mymodernparents.com with practical advice, tricks and indications from the most accredited scientific societies on baby feeding. The photos are by Cevì (Cecilia Viganò), artist, photographer and illustrator graduated from the Brera Academy.

Read also the weaning guide of mymodernparents.com with the latest information from the scientific community. If you want to ask other mothers for advice, enter the forum in the Weaning section


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  • baby food
  • childhood obesity
  • limit proteins
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