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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.

For more information:
Region of Peel - Public Health
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Caledon residents call free of charge at 905-584-2216
To speak with a Public Health Nurse

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