Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies. Good maternal nutrition helps sustain an adequate supply and quality of breast milk. Unnecessary introduction of bottle-feeding, partially or fully, or of other complementary foods and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding, which may be irreversible. Consult your doctor and consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use breast milk substitutes or if you have difficulty breastfeeding. Follow usage, preparation and storage instructions of breast milk substitutes or of other complementary foods and drinks carefully as improper or unnecessary use may pose a health hazard.
You can introduce solids any time between 4 and 6 months if your baby is ready. Until then, breast milk or formula provides all the calories and nourishment your baby needs and can handle. His digestive system simply isn't ready for solids until he nears his half-birthday.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for at least six (6) months—though parents will attest that some babies are eager and ready to eat solids earlier.
How do I know when my baby's ready?
Your baby will give you clear signs when he's ready to move beyond liquid-only nourishment. Cues to look for include:
How do I introduce solid food?
How do I introduce new food?
How many times a day do I feed my baby solid food?
By around 8 months, feed baby solid food three (3) times a day, during which a typical day's diet might include a combination of: breast milk or iron-fortified formula; iron-fortified cereal; yellow, orange, and green vegetables; fruit; and small amounts of protein such as poultry, lentils, tofu, and meat.