Four feedings a day are usually sufficient. At the onset, the baby should receive 4 oz. of half milk and half water. As it grows older, the amount of milk is increased and the amount of water decreased. The total amount is gradually increased to 8 oz. for each feeding.
When the child is two weeks old, small quantities of orange juice obtained from sweet tree-ripened oranges should be added. The orange juice should at first be diluted in half with water and given once or twice a day between feedings. As the child grows older, the quantity of orange juice is increased and the water decreased until a full 8-oz. bottle of orange juice is used.
As an accessory feeding, the child should receive warm broth prepared from young sweet carrots brought to a boil in sufficient water and permitted to simmer until the carrots become soft. The liquid should have a mild sweet taste, and should be given to the child between feedings when it is awake. Other vegetable broths may also be used.
The child should never be awakened from sleep, even if it misses its regular feeding.
Occasionally a child may require a fifth feeding, but this should not be continued for too long a time.
Age Four Months
At the age of four or five months, one teaspoon of finely scraped raw apple and one teaspoon of mashed ripe banana should be added to the diet and the amount gradually increased. Other fruits may be substituted.
At seven months, a small portion of finely grated raw cabbage is introduced into the diet. This can later be changed to finely grated raw carrot or cucumber or chopped lettuce.
It is best to start with half a teaspoonful and gradually increase the amount.
If the child refuses the grated or chopped raw vegetable, a little milk poured over the vegetable or the addition of a little honey or grated apple or tomato will induce the child to eat it.
When the child is one year old it is ready for three regular meals.
The meals should be as follows: breakfast Fruit or berries (fresh and in season) and milk. noon Raw vegetables (finely grated as already explained), baked potato, one steamed vegetable, and milk. evening Raw fruit or raw vegetables (finely grated or chopped) with | to i oz. of fresh cottage cheese or pot cheese or i tablespoon of ripe avocado or i tablespoonful of finely grated coconut (once a week) or one very ripe banana, one steamed vegetable, and milk.
If the child is hungry between meals, freshly squeezed ripe orange juice or any other freshly prepared fruit juice or a raw fruit in season may be served.