It’s time to start weaning your baby off of breastfeeding and to introduce new foods, but where do you start? When it comes to serving sizes, how much of each food group should you be feeding your baby each day? Should you be giving full-fat, or low-fat dairy? We’re here to break it down for you and give you quick tips to make sure you’re on the right track to feeding a growing, healthy baby!
Let’s start at the beginning.
Solids are introduced to your baby between 4-6 months. Some practitioners recommend waiting until 6 months, so you’ll find different practices. Before this, your baby should only get breastmilk or infant formula. But remember, even once solids are introduced, breastmilk or formula should still be the main part of your infant’s diet! As your baby gets older, you’ll help him develop feeding skills, and will introduce solid foods to meet his increasing nutritional requirements and developmental needs. (1)
Breast Milk/Formula + Baby Food = Nutrition for growing baby!
Starting to introduce solids while continuing to breastfeed or formula feed can be both an exciting and an anxious time. Read more about your baby’s first foods to ease some of those nerves, while also keeping these few things in mind as you start making food decisions:
Babies Eat Intuitively
One of the most difficult tasks is to trust our babies to know when they have eaten enough. Remember that they are intuitive eaters – they know when they are hungry and when they are full. If we don’t trust them then we can end up with unsuccessful feeding. Here are three other things to keep in mind:
Now that you have these main tricks under your sleeve, check back in later this week for Part 2 of this series to become a baby-feeding master!
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