Organic whole cereal millet flour, B1 (required by law)
Supplier : Absolute Organix
Holle Baby foods are manufactured in Switzerland and brought into South Africa by Absolute Organix. There are four whole-grain varieties available. Two are gluten-free: rice and millet; and two are wheat-free: spelt and rolled oats. All Holle grains are grown in pesticide-free and herbicide-free soils and have no added colours, flavours or preservatives. They are all sugar-free and milk-free and can be prepared with either breast-milk or formula. They have been enriched with vitamin B1 (a legal requirement), as this vitamin is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and for normal nerve and heart function.
Exclusive breast-feeding is generally recommended until 6 months. Whilst some babies may need to start weaning before this, it is important to remember that no solids should be given before 17 weeks as this could be harmful. It is important to wean slowly – over a period of a few months and in conjunction with a natural reduction in breast milk. This will allow time to monitor reactions to foods and reduce the risk of your baby developing an intolerance or allergy to a food.
Start by feeding your baby a single-grain baby cereal such as rice baby cereal and continue this for three to five days before trying a new cereal. This will help you determine if a particular variety is causing an allergic reaction. Should this happen, stop feeding the cereal right away and talk to your child's healthcare professional.
Holle’s organic rice porridge is gluten-free and may be used at the start of weaning (between 4-6 months).
Wholegrain rice is rich in vitamin B1, B6, magnesium, manganese and selenium – all essential for different aspects of metabolic function. This porridge it stool firming.
The millet porridge should really only be introduced from 6 months (Absolute Organix suggests from 4). Millet is rich in B1, B3, B6, manganese, magnesium and phosphorous. Phosphorous is mainly used in bone structure but also is a major player in the nervous system.
The spelt-porridge and rolled oats porridge should only be introduced from a minimum of 6 months. They are both rich in B1, B3, manganese, phosphorous, and selenium. These grains are not suitable for infants that have been diagnosed with a gluten allergy or a gluten intolerance.
Unfortunately there is little organic baby food available in South Africa so what there is comes at a price. Holle baby cereals are more expensive than their non-organic counterparts making it difficult for families on a budget to ensure their babies diets are kept pesticide and herbicide free.