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Feeding a baby is an important concern for parents. Experts recommend breastfeeding your baby for up to 2 years or more, using only breast milk for the first 6 months.
If you are unable to or choose not to breastfeed, feed your baby iron-fortified infant formula. Babies younger than 6 months of age can get all the nutrition and fluid they need from breast milk or infant formula. Starting at 6 months of age, your baby needs solid foods along with breast milk or formula.
Weaning is the process of switching your baby from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding, or from a breast or bottle to a cup or solid foods. Weaning usually works best when it is done gradually over several weeks, months, or even longer. It depends on how ready you and your baby are to start.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Babies ages 1 month to 5 months
Babies ages 6 months to 12 months
Tips for weaning to a cup
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Adaptation Date: 2/24/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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