The World Health Organization, UNICEF, Health Canada, and The Canadian Pediatric Society all agree that breastmilk is the only food and drink a baby needs for the first six months of life – no matter what size they are.
Breastmilk contains exactly the right nutrition for your baby – it even changes in composition as your baby grows, in order to match his nutritional needs!
After six months, babies can continue to breastfeed, and are ready to start adding solid foods to their diet, starting with iron-rich foods such as meats and iron-fortified cereals. Before six months, a baby’s digestive system is not fully mature – he doesn’t have enough of the enzymes needed to digest solid foods. Introducing solids before six months has risks, including increased risk for food allergy, choking, childhood obesity, and iron-deficiency.
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