Starting Solids

You can offer plain water or unsweetened, diluted juice. It’s also okay to use breast milk or formula. If just milk is available, use whole milk only. Don’t feed your baby skim milk.

Encourage your baby to enjoy healthy food. Avoid giving foods containing sugar, salt, preservatives and other chemicals -- or cookies, pretzels, teething biscuits, cake or ice cream.

This is all part of the weaning process -- a gradual reduction in the amount of milk the baby takes in and a shift to more solid food. There is really no one right time to wean. You’ll know by your own feelings and your baby’s behavior. Breastfeeding can continue for as long as you and your baby desire. Even beyond the first year is not unusual.

Whenever you change your baby’s routine -- introduce new foods, substitute a bottle for a breastfeeding -- reassure your baby that your love and presence are constant. Especially when going from breast to bottle, continue to feed at the former nursing times and increase rocking, hugs and kisses.


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