No. Her servings of solids aren’t large enough to replace her regular liquid feedings. At this stage, solids are “extras”. They provide supplemental nutrition like iron and are more important for helping your baby master the oral motor skills she needs to chew and swallow. While she’s transitioning to solid foods, breast milk and/or formula will remain your baby’s primary source of nutrition. Of course, as the months pass and meals get larger, breastfed babies may drink less. And formula fed babies may not always finish their bottles.
You and your baby are about to embark on an exciting journey as she explores solid foods—a whole new world of tastes, textures and colours. The Q&As in this section offer information and tips to help you and baby navigate the journey.
When my baby starts eating solids, should I give her less breast milk or formula?
Most parents begin with single-grain, iron-fortified baby cereal because it’s easy. Put a few teaspoonfuls of dry cereal in a bowl and add just enough breast milk or formula to make a watery blend. If it comes back out your baby’s mouth, or she only eats a bite or two, don’t worry. Give her time to get the hang of it, then make the cereal thicker. Later, you can progress to a meal of pureed meat, then mashed fruit or veggies.
feeding milestones
Your baby’s 6-12 month
At 6 months