Young infants should be eating only breast milk or formula. When feeding, hold your infant in an upright position.
Use a cup or the side of a spoon for giving your child drinks. If you use a bottle, use only the kind of bottle and nipple that your doctor has recommended.
Older infants or young children will need to have their food softened or pureed (mixed in a blender or food processor) for some time after surgery.
If your child is eating foods other than breast milk or formula, they should be sitting when they eat. Feed them only with a spoon. Do NOT use forks, straws, chopsticks, or other utensils that can harm the incision.
All your child’s foods should be soft and easy to swallow (pureed). Use a blender or food processor to prepare food for your child.
There are many good food choices for your child after surgery. Always make sure the food is cooked until it is soft. Use a blender. Good foods include:
- Cooked meats, fish, or chicken. Blend with broth, water, or milk.
- Mashed tofu, small curd cottage cheese
- Formula, milk, creamy soups, pudding, and yogurt
- Cooked cereals and baby foods
- Mashed potatoes (make sure they are smooth and thinner than normal)
Foods your child should NOT eat:
- Seeds, nuts, bits of candy, chocolate chips, or granola, plain or mixed in any food
- Gum, jelly beans, hard candy, or suckers
- Chunks of meat, fish, chicken, sausage or hot dogs, hard cooked eggs, fried vegetables, lettuce, fresh fruit, or solid pieces of canned fruit or vegetables
- Peanut butter, creamy or chunky
- Toasted bread, bagels, pastries, dry cereal, popcorn, pretzels. crackers, potato chips, cookies, or any other crunchy food