How do I figure out if cereal will be a cheap and nutritious baby food?
July 30, 2014 2:04 AM Subscribe
We provide additional food to nursing moms and toddlers, and supplementary formula for infants (don't start on breast is best, most of our moms do nurse, this is for babies with HIV+ moms etc). Our recent evaluation shows that the 6-18 months are not doing as well as the others because they are culturally too little to eat regular food and get more watered-down formula instead, sometimes with rice mixed in. We've got tiny funding to buy more food for them and our nurse is suggesting rice cereal designed for infants, but I have no clue how to evaluate them.
posted by viggorlijah to Food & Drink (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I did whole food weaning with my toddlers, and everyone I know personally is granola-crunchy with the organic homemade food, but they have kitchens with refrigerators, food processors and money/time. This has to be something we can hand out once a week or month to moms with very little time, no refrigeration or kitchen past a wood fire, knife and pots. We do have clean water available. We can't rely on just training the moms because quite often these older infants are being looked after by siblings or neighbours, so it has to be something straight forward to prepare and feed them.
I would really appreciate medical/nutritionist pointers on how to evaluate the rice cereal options (Celia
is what we can get discounted in bulk), and alternatives or supplementary foods we can consider, given the restrictions. I will be recommending bananas already, but avocados and sweet potatoes are not possible.
Googling seems to lead me to either product pages or why Nestle is going to kill us all. Search query suggestions are also welcome.