Solid Foods for the Breastfed Baby

Solid foods should be gradually introduced to the breastfed infant when the infant is showing signs of developmental readiness at around 6 months of age.

These signs can include:

  • Ability to keep head up (with head and neck control).
  • Ability to sit up with little or no support. 
  • Ability to keep food in the mouth (does not immediately push it out with the tongue).
  • Interest in food such as intently watching others eat or opening mouth wide for food.

“The AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for approximately 6 months after birth. Furthermore, the AAP supports continued breastfeeding, along with appropriate complementary foods introduced at about 6 months, as long as mutually desired by mother and child for 2 years or beyond." (AAP, 2022)

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