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    Hi Bonita

    Thank you so much for replying..Sadly I am on my way back to London and very sad to leave Hong Kong..am currently in the lounge in Amsterdam waiting for my next flight. I was really pleased to see that so many mums in HK were already usong my books. I would very much like to speak to you about working with me to translate the book into Chinese and learn more about the ingredients that are available and those that are difficult to find. I'd love to talk to you..HK is 7 hours ahead so let me know what time you are avaiable after 1.00pm HK time and if you could email me your contact no..my email is [email protected]. Love to hear more about what its like bringing up a baby in Hong Kong..A x

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    Am not a huge fn of baby led weaning. I prefer to start with purees for a few wekks and move onto soft finger foods..this is because whilst sucking is a natural relex, learning to swallow solids is not and I am concenrend about choking. Also babies can store food in their mouth for a long time. I also think that from 6 months meat is important from iron as the iron a baby inherits from his mum has run out at 6 months so its hard for a babay to chew on meat but you can make some delicious purees with meat and root vegetables.

    I do sell a range of finger foods that are delicious. Its available in Hong Kong in several stores including Toys R Us . the Apple and Banan crips are delciious and provide one portion of fruit..you might like to try these. We also have Tomato and Cheese flavoured rice and corn snacks tht melt in the mouth. Its a co branded range with Disney . Anyway good luck with feeding your baby..dont worry if you cant get sweded, sweet potato is even better and carrots are fine too so just substitute these..Ax

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    Glad you enjoyed Hong Kong. I'm a fan of anything that gets babies eating freshly cooked food so it's great that you have so many converts here.

    However I did just want to raise an issue with this
    "from 6 months meat is important from iron as the iron a baby inherits from his mum has run out"
    . Widespread current thinking is that it is not quite that simple and this is not true for the majority of both breast and formula fed infants.

    Breast Fed http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitami....html#uncommon
    And some very interesting info re: follow on formulas here http://www.analyticalarmadillo.co.uk...armadillo.html

    I know you're not talking about this issue specifically but it does seem that for the majority of healthy babies their mothers have been led to worry about iron levels unnecessarily and it would make me sad to think of a recognised weaning expert adding to this with a blunt statement about an issue which most of the scientific community would at least agree is open to debate.

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    Hi Bonita, I dont know whether my reply to you came through earlier as I was in transit from Hong Kong. I would very much like to talk to you and understand what changes I would need to make to my book so that it would work for mum's in China. The book has been translated into many languages but not Chinese and I'd like to understand which ingre***nts are difficult to come by and what mums in China tend to feed their babies. I'd very much like to talk to you.. Perhaps you could email me at [email protected] and let me have your email address..Look forward to speeaking with you..Annabel

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    Hi jvn

    Obviously we dont want to worry mums unnecessarily about iron levels but it is recommended both in the Uk and the US that once babies are 6 months that iron rich foods are included in their diet. http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyon...mins/iron.html

    There are many examples like the advice given on the website above..

    Iron deficiency is the commonest nutritonal deficiency in children particularly between the age of 6 months and 3 years. Between 4 to 6 months babies need 4.3mg of iron a day and between 7 and 12 months they need 7.8mg a day

    It is true that the iron in breast milk is well absorbed however it is still advisable to include iron rich foods like iron fortified cereals, red meat, the dark meat of poultry, lentil and vegtable purees or dried fruit particularly dried apricots. Agree it is open to debate but most experts would rather have a nutrional safety net than rely purely on milk for a babies iron supply once they start on solids This is partly because babies tend to drink less milk once they eat solids and partly because we want to train babies to like these foods.


    It is also improtant to introduce foods like this early as babies tend to be good eaters between 6 and 12 months so its important to introduce as much variety as you can before they start to become fussy..

    Of course many babies will thrive on milk alone and I always believe that mum knows best and feeding babies is not as you can imagine an exact science...A

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    > I'd also like to ask if any of you speak Chinese and understand what babies are fed in China.

    Congee

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    Hi there, I love your recipes and my baby is very much enjoying them along the way!!! Must say there are ingredients that are hard to find over here, so I did modify some ingredients too, still tasty n the baby loved it too. Glad you enjoyed hk.

    I'm local and will be very happy to give you a hand with your book. Good luck with it!!!!

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