16th October 2019


Do babies drink less milk when they start solids?

No, your baby still needs the same amount of milk for a while. At the beginning they're still learning how to eat and most food ends up on you, them and the floor. But as they start eating more solid food, they will naturally start drinking less breast milk or formula, depending on how much energy they need.

Similarly, when should solid foods be introduced to a baby?

As long as your baby shows signs of readiness, your child's doctor may say you can start solids any time around 4 to 6 months. Until then, breast milk or formula provides all the calories and nourishment your baby needs – and can handle.

What is the first food to start baby on?

What to feed
  • Breast milk or formula, PLUS.
  • Pureed or strained fruits (banana, pears, applesauce, peaches, avocado)
  • Pureed or strained vegetables (well-cooked carrots, squash, sweet potato)
  • Pureed meat (chicken, pork, beef)
  • Pureed tofu.
  • Small amounts of unsweetened yogurt (no cow's milk until age 1)

How do you know if your baby is ready for solids?

Cues that baby is ready for solids include:
  1. Head control.
  2. Sitting well when supported.
  3. Significant weight gain.
  4. Interest in food and watching others eating.
  5. Ability to let you know when full.
  6. Growing appetite.
  7. Understand the dynamics of their mouth, lips and tongue.
  8. Loss of the tongue-thrust reflex.
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