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 for some time after surgery so it is easy to swallow. Use a blender or food processor to prepare food for your child.
Children who are eating foods other than breast milk or formula should be sitting when they eat. Feed them only with a spoon. Do not use forks, straws, chopsticks, or other utensils that can harm their incisions.
There are many good food choices for your child after surgery. Always make sure the food is cooked until it is soft, then pureed. Good food options include:
- Cooked meats, fish, or chicken. Blend with broth, water, or milk.
- Mashed tofu or mashed potatoes. Make sure they are smooth and thinner than normal.
- Yogurt, pudding, or gelatin.
- Small curd cottage cheese.
- Formula or milk.
- Creamy soups.
- Cooked cereals and baby foods.
Foods your child should not eat include:
- Seeds, nuts, bits of candy, chocolate chips, or granola (not plain, nor mixed into other foods)
- Gum, jelly beans, hard candy, or suckers
- Chunks of meat, fish, chicken, sausage, hot dogs, hard cooked eggs, fried vegetables, lettuce, fresh fruit, or solid pieces of canned fruit or vegetables
- Peanut butter (not creamy or chunky)
- Toasted bread, bagels, pastries, dry cereal, popcorn, pretzels, crackers, potato chips, cookies, or any other crunchy foods