How long should I breastfeed my baby?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be EXCLUSIVELY breastfed for about the first six months of life. This means that your baby needs no additional food (except Vitamin D) or fluids unless medically necessary. Babies should continue to breastfeed for one to two years or for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and baby.
When should I start solid foods with my baby?
How do you know when your baby is ready for solid food? After six months of age, they should be able to do these three things:
- They sit unsupported for an extended length of time
- They are starting to use a pincher grasp (thumb and forefinger together to grab little objects)
- They start to have eye-hand coordination to bring their hands to their mouth