Protein is one of the nutrients that boost the brain because it helps the brain cells communicate. According to reports, protein-rich foods give amino-acids, which are essential in the formation of neurotransmitters or “chemical messengers.”
Breast milk is rich in proteins, but if your baby already started with solid foods, here are some examples of protein-rich foods to give them by the bits and pieces.
Iron is essential not only during pregnancy but also in your baby’s early postnatal life. Reports say that it is vital in “neurogenesis and differentiation of certain brain regions and brain cells.”
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), your baby has enough iron stores that can last for 4 months after birth. If he or she is exclusively breastfeeding, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about iron-supplementation as breast milk has very little iron.
Once your baby starts with solid foods, you can give them the following iron-rich foods:
- Beans and lentils
- Dark, leafy vegetables
- Fortified bread
- Baked potatoes
Zinc is also one of the nutrients for a baby’s brain development. According to at least one report, this nutrient is vital in the formation of brain cells or neurons. Moreover, it boosts the formation of synapses, the space between two cells where they communicate with each other. In other words, zinc deficiency may affect a child’s behavior and development.
Reports say that colostrum has high amounts of zinc. Once your baby starts with solid foods, consider giving them the following foods: