First six months are the crucial period of your baby to grow. To stay healthy, breast milk is the only food where your baby gets all benefits to grow. If you want to give any other food, you need not stop the breastfeeding completely, because it would be hard to start breastfeeding again.
Breastfeeding is natural and healthy diet for your baby. It contains antibodies that help the immune system to fight the infections. The main thing is that it makes a bond with your baby. The baby needs 10 micro-grams of vitamin D each day. And it is necessary for one year to your baby. Sun light is also a great source of vitamin D. you have to feed breast milk until your baby is two years old. You can continue breast milk after two years as it protects your baby’s health, which other food including infant formula doesn’t. Breast feeding is also helps mothers to avoid the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Time to start solid foods:
Starting solid foods too early or too late can cause problems. From birth, your baby has been growing on breast milk. Breastfeed more often when your baby seems hungry during a growth spurt. At six months your baby needs extra iron that can get from solid foods. It provides different flavors and nutrients to your baby. However breast milk is essential food and no one can ignore this fact.
How I know my baby is ready for solid foods:
• six months old
• holds her head up
• sits up in a high chair
• opens her mouth wide for food
• eat the foods instead of pushing it out
Initially your baby will show all signs that he doesn’t accept and like the foods. If it happens, stop and try it on the next day. Find the time that your baby is in a pleasant mood. Judge the signs of readiness. Never try to compare with another baby and force to feed the solid foods. You can also consult with your doctor. Start the new food in the morning or at lunchtime. At feeding time, never leave your baby alone. Do not force your baby to eat.
Procedure to feed the new food:
• Put a small amount of food on the tip of a small spoon. Hold the spoon that your baby can see it. Then put it in his mouth only when he opens it.
• If your baby does not devour the food, wait for other days to try.
If you find the signs of rash, vomiting, diarrhea, or breathing issues, stop feeding the food or consult the baby doctor.