Around six months of age, baby’s evolving needs call for the introduction of appropriate complementary foods.
Nov 4, 2016
Around 6 months of age, breastmilk is insufficient to meet the requirements of some nutrients, particularly energy, protein, iron and zinc.
Offering iron-containing foods first such as iron-enriched infant cereals, pureed meats, poultry and fish is recommended. Fruits, vegetables and dairy products can then be added to the diet to help avoid potential ‘nutrition gaps’ as your baby grows.
We believe that breastfeeding is the ideal nutritional start for babies.
During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. A decision not to breastfeed, or to introduce partial bottle feeding, could reduce the supply of breast milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, including the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.
We recognise that breastfeeding is not always an option for some parents. No matter your feeding choice, Nestlé Baby & me is here to share the latest information to help you feel supported and confident on your parenthood journey.
As every child’s development is different, be sure to consult with your health care professional for individual advice about feeding your baby.
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