Breast milk is the only food your baby needs for the first 6 months of life to grow and be healthy. Breastfed babies also need a daily vitamin D supplement in their first year of life.
Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed babies. Continue breastfeeding until your baby is 2 years old or more. The longer you breastfeed, the better it is for you and your baby.
When your baby is more hungry than usual he may be going through a growth spurt (period of rapid growth). These growth spurts happen at:
- 3 weeks of age
- 6 weeks of age
- 3 months of age
- 6 months of age
Growth spurts will often last for a few days. It is important to know the difference between growth spurts and your baby’s readiness for solid food. Growth spurts are not a sign that your baby needs solid foods. Feed your baby according to his hunger cues.
Once your baby is about 6 months old and consistently showing signs of readiness, you can start to offer him solid food.
Visit www.BreastfeedingInPeel.ca for helpful tips and instructional videos about breastfeeding.
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