No more milk for baby! Introducing solid foods

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding exclusively for at least six months and up to two years. Most parents will start to gradually introduce different foods from the time when their babies are six months old and above. Most paediatricians recommend starting the baby off with semi-solid foods, such as vegetable or fruit purées. But some say that feeding with solid foods is perfectly fine.

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Weaning the baby from milk is an important step in an infant’s development. It is important for parents to establish proper feeding practices for their babies from the beginning. Parents should be aware that their babies might still want to breastfeed during the weaning process, up to more than six times per day. Breastfeeding is comforting to infants so do not force your child when he is not ready. In the worst case scenario, the baby might develop separation anxiety.

Interest in different foods

Babies can become interested in their parents’ meals after six months of age. They may want to try some of the food on your plate and you can start feeding your baby with tiny pieces of your food. His interest in trying foods other than milk will gradually increase.

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Find out tips for introducing solid foods to your baby on the next page…