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Six Months and Beyond

For the first six months of life, breastmilk is all the food your baby needs to grow and be healthy. Babies also need a daily vitamin D supplement in their first year of life. Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed babies. Continue to breastfeed until your baby is two years old or more. The longer you breastfeed, the more benefits you and your baby get.


When your baby is six months old, he is ready for solid foods. Solid foods provide a variety of nutrients, flavours and textures for your baby. At six months of age, breast milk is still the most important food but the time has come to add solid foods. Your baby is ready to start eating solids when she:

  • Is six months old
  • Holds her head up
  • Sits up in a high chair
  • Opens her mouth wide when you offer her food on a spoon
  • Turns her face away if she doesn’t want the food
  • Closes her lips over the spoon and keeps food in her mouth and swallows it instead of pushing it out


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Revised: Wednesday February 13 2019


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