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Breastfeeding and breast milk are still very important as your child transitions to solid foods. Experts recommend the continuation of breastfeeding or breast milk along with solid foods for at least the first year. 2. The start of solid foods is not meant to replace breastfeeding. Introducing foods The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about 6 months.
When you add solid foods to your baby’s diet, continue breastfeeding until at least 12 months. You can continue to breastfeed after 12 months if you and your baby desire. How to start solids: Nurse your baby before offering other foods.
Your milk remains the single most important food in your baby’s diet until his first birthday. Additionally, he is more likely to show interest in new foods if he is not ravenously hungry. At this age, other.
Introducing solid foods while continuing to breastfeed is thought to help protect a baby against developing food allergies and coeliac disease. 3 The exact timing for introducing potentially allergenic foods to a baby’s diet has been a subject of discussion in recent years. UK’s National Health Service (NHS) recommend.
This indicates that there is a potential relationship between introduction of solid foods and the timing of breastfeeding discontinuation.3Many mothers have indicated that their healthcare professional recommended introduction of solids before 6 months, which implies that some primary care providers are not promoting the AAP recommendations.4. Generally, when infants double their birth weight (typically at about 4 months of age) and weigh about 13 pounds or more, they may be ready for solid foods. NOTE: The AAP recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about 6 months. When you add solid foods to your baby’s diet, continue breastfeeding until at least 12 months.
You can continue to breastfeed. Continuing to breastfeed alongside the introduction of allergenic foods is also thought to help prevent reactions. Your health Exclusive breastfeeding until around six months followed by gradual introduction of solid foods may allow breastfeeding to delay the return of your periods, which in turn helps to maintain your iron levels. If after checking with your health visitor or doctor, you decide to introduce solid foods before 6 months, you should avoid giving your baby certain foods.
These include foods that contain wheat, gluten, nuts, peanuts, peanut products, seeds, liver, eggs, fish, shellfish, cows’ milk and soft or unpasteurised cheese. Breast milk or formula is the only food your newborn needs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth.
But by ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding. Your child can begin eating solid foods at about 6 months old. By the time he or she is 7 or 8 months old, your child can eat a variety of foods from different food groups.
These foods include infant cereals, meat or other proteins, fruits, vegetables, grains, yogurts and cheeses, and more.
List of related literature:
|from Counseling the Nursing Mother|
|from Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy|
|from Krause and Mahan’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process E-Book|
|from Journey Across the Life Span: Human Development and Health Promotion|
|from The Essential Guide to Fitness|
|from Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth|
|from Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book|
|from Illustrated Manual of Nursing Practice|
|from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing E-Book|
|from Storied Health and Illness: Communicating Personal, Cultural, and Political Complexities|