Sunday, October 13, 2013

Do I still need to breastfeed when I begin offering solid food to my baby?

Your baby should continue on formula or breast milk until at least 12 months of age. Weaning foods are first tastes and not proper meals. As her appetite for food grows bigger and she starts to eat more (which tends to occur after she turns one) her milk feeds will lessen and be replaced by proper meals. Till then don't attempt to cut down her milk feeds. Breastfed or bottle-fed baby's milk feeds should be at least 500-600ml per day. Milk feeds should ideally be first thing in the morning, at bedtime and during the day after meals; limit milk feeds between meals.

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