What do babies need to eat?

Jun 4, 2017

Only breastmilk or infant formula for the first six months. Continue with breastfeeding or infant formula for the next six months, in addition to gradually introducing solid foods starting at six months.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for a minimum of 12 months, and up until the baby and mom decide to stop. Breastfeeding has been shown to have unique benefits, but if you can’t breastfeed, formula is a healthy alternative.

After 12 months of age, children can be healthy eating normal, solid foods.

Why should I trust you?

In doing thorough research on this topic, we found these to be the most useful and factual sources. We recommend reading them if you’d like more in-depth information:

  • KellyMom.com is a great source for breastfeeding information.
  • WholesomeBabyFood.com is a great source for information on feeding baby solids.
  • HealthyChildren.org is a site created by the American Academy of Pediatrics with a wealth of trustworthy parenting information, including guidance on nutrition.

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