Parents of babies on special medically supervised diets, which contain chametz, must contact their rabbi for directions. Most chametz articles have substitutes which are acceptable for Pesach, and most normal babies can even thrive on a Pesach diet. Almost all manufactured baby foods contain chametz in one form or another and should only be used when bearing rabbinic supervision.
When the doctor instructs that a baby must be fed a particular kind of food, the practice not to use rice or leguminous vegetables is suspended. A rabbi should be consulted. The list below outlines acceptable baby foods for Pesach. If rice and the other restricted vegetables are used they should be served in separate utensils kept only for the baby. These utensils should be washed in a sink not used for Pesach utensils.
Isomil is approved and contains oils of leguminous vegetables and is to be considered Kitniyot but not chametz. Therefore babies under doctor’s orders may use Isomil if no other suitable formula containing Pesach ingredients can be made at home. The Isomil should be used in separate utensils kept only for the baby and not washed in the Pesach sink. There are formulae available from Israel with rabbinic supervision for Passover. See below for a guide to feeding infants during Pesach. If a child is on a special formula, please consult your Rabbi or the KA for advice.
Special care should be taken in regards to “corn starch” baby powder as it may be actual “wheat starch” and actual chametz. Only maize corn starch baby powder is acceptable (Kitniyot).
In general all “lotion or cream” products not fit for human consumption are permitted to be used on Pesach, even if containing chametz .
The KA has investigated the following baby formulae. When the baby cannot tolerate any other Pesach suitable formulae the following may be used. Utensils should be kept separate from any other Pesach utensils.
D Nurture 1
D Nurture 2
D Nurture Gold Plus
Must be product of UK
P Neocate Active
P Neocate Advance
P Neocate LCP
FEEDING OF INFANTS DURING PASSOVER
Adapted by Genevieve Michael B.Sc. Dip. Nut. & Diet MDAA.
In general, the mother’s role in guiding a child’s early eating experiences, is threefold:
1. To provide food, which meets the child’s nutritional, needs.
2. To provide food in a form which is compatible with his developmental abilities.
3. To provide an atmosphere of learning by acquainting the child with new flavours and textures of a variety of foods to help him establish healthy eating habits.
During Passover, the normal diet for infants need only be modified to fulfill these requirements.
Most normal healthy babies can be fed on a formula using fresh whole milk in the proportion of 60 mls milk, 60 mls water and 2 teaspoons sugar, feeding the baby to appetite. Note: this formula should only be used for the 8 days of Pesach and then the baby should be returned to its usual formula.
The baby who has been prescribed a special formula for feeding by doctor or Infant Welfare Sister which could be Chametz may usually continue on this feeding. Medicines and vitamins, if ordered by the doctor, should continue to be given during Passover. (However, in all such cases one should first consult a rabbi).
Commercially produced baby foods which, incidentally, have no nutritional advantage over those properly prepared by the mother, are generally not permitted during Passover but can be substituted.
For the 3-6 months infant, small quantities (starting with half a teaspoon) may be given, of the following:
Matzah Meal softened with hot milk
Strained stewed fruit
Strained diluted orange juice (60 mls orange juice to 60 mls water)
At 6 months of age, an infant should be eating a variety of foods such as cereal, meat broth, vegetables, fruit and eggs. Include these foods daily in addition to breast or bottle-feeding:
Cereal - finely broken matzo softened with hot milk or formula, 1-2 teaspoons
Well mashed potato, 1-2 teaspoons
Soft or stewed fruit, 1-2 teaspoons
Strained meat broth with a little finely minced or strained meat, 1-2 teaspoons
Steamed or boiled fine textured fish
Strained and diluted orange juice - 60 mls orange juice to 60 mls water.
Salt or sugar generally should not be added to foods for babies during cooking nor at the table.
By the age of one year the child should be eating the same types of food as the rest of the family except where the meals are highly spiced or include large amounts of fried foods.
The following is a list of commonly used baby products that contain no chametz whatsoever and are suitable for Pesach: