Breastfeeding, introducing solids to compliment breast milk and weaning your baby are all important aspects of baby feeding. But it’s not always easy to work out what you should do. Baby feeding guidelines recommend exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months in the vast majority of cases, however there are exceptions in which solids should be introduced early.
If you’re trying to work out whether or not your baby is ready to make the transition from breast milks to complementary solid foods, be familiar with what guidelines say and find out about the signs babies exhibit to show they’re ready for solid food.
How to feed a baby
|Despite baby feeding guidelines, knowing exactly how to feed a baby can be a challenge. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of life, and solids for baby should be introduced to compliment breast milk from 6 months. There are many important health reasons why feeding a baby correctly is important.|
Find out more about how to ensure your baby gets the best possible nutrition.
When to give baby solids?
Find out more about signs that your baby is ready for solids.
- Use the 10 tips to decide if your baby is ready to start solids
Is introducing solids before baby is 6 months okay?
|Introducing solids early (before 6 months) is only recommended in exceptional circumstances. However if your baby was born premature or iron deficient or you have nutritional problems, weaning the baby early may be recommended.|
Find out more about when solids for baby should be started early.
Introducing solids before 6 months – disadvantages
Learn more about the disadvantages of introducing solid food to 6 month olds.
Introducing solids after 6 months – disadvantages
Find out more about the disadvantages of starting solids too late.
You might also like…
- World Health Organisation. Guiding principles for feeding of the breastfed child. 2003. (cited 13 September 2013). Available from: (URL link)
- Samour PQ, Helm KK. Handbook of Pediatric Nutrition. 3rd Ed. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. 2005. (URL link)
- Queensland Health. Introduction to Solids. 2008. [cited 1 October 2012]. Available from: (URL link)