Introducing Solids 6 months

At some stage during the first year, you will have to start to wean your baby off milk and on to solid food. Official advice is that breast milk or formula is sufficient for your baby for the first six months, but you may find that friends and relatives pressure you to start weaning your baby earlier.

You should, however, resist all such pressure for the following reasons: firstly, breast milk (or its formula equivalent) is the only food that your baby needs in the early months. Second, the introduction of solids to too young a baby can lessen the desire to suck. In the case of breast-fed babies, this decreases the amount taken from the breasts, which respond by producing less milk. Either way, your baby will end ...

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