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10 facts on breastfeeding

A mother feeds her baby complementary food with a spoon as he sits on her lap.

The next step: phasing in solid foods

To meet the growing needs of babies at six months of age, mashed solid foods should be introduced as a complement to continued breastfeeding. Foods for the baby can be specially prepared or modified from family meals. WHO notes that:

  • breastfeeding should not be decreased when starting on solids;
  • food should be given with a spoon or cup, not in a bottle;
  • food should be clean and safe; and
  • ample time is needed for young children to learn to eat solid foods.

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