Favorably Reviewed By: National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 
Babies’ nutritional needs are met completely through mother’s milk or iron-fortified infant formula until they are about six months old. The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend that all infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Mother’s milk is the ideal nutrition and is quite sufficient to support growth and development during this time. Your health care provider may recommend a Vitamin D supplement for your exclusively breastfed infant. Around the age of four to six months, babies begin to observe and mimic their parents’ or other caregivers’ eating habits. At this point, the baby may be ready to graduate to “complementary” foods.
Naturally, parents, grandparents and other care providers have many questions about this important milestone: When are babies ready for solid foods? Which foods should be given? How much food is enough?
This brochure provides general guidelines for introducing infants to solid foods, as well as tips for keeping mealtime safe. Keep in mind that each baby is an individual and may be ready for different foods based on age, nutritional needs, development and other factors. Ask your pediatric nurse practitioner, pediatrician, family physician, or other health care provider for specific feeding advice.
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