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Complementing Breast Milk

Introducing Solid Foods

As breastfeeding continues after the sixth month, it is the time to introduce complementary foods. It is important to point out that dietary schedules for the progressive introduction of solids during the complementary feeding period in most countries originate from cultural practices and available foods.

Month-by-Month Recommendations


Cereals Proteins Fruits Veggies Dairy*
After 6 Iron fortified rice cereal Pureed meats When your baby is tolerating cereal and meat, add softly cooked apples, pears, mashed bananas When your baby is tolerating cereal and meat, add softly cooked sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, pumpkin and green leafy vegetables Follow-on formula
6-8 Rice, oat, barley Chicken, turkey, tofu


Add: peaches, plums, papaya, pumpkin


Add: carrots, peas, pumpkin Yogurt (not fresh milk)

Add: wheat and wheat germ, multi-grain crackers (no salt or low salt) pasta, bread

Add: egg yolk, beans, legumes (split peas, lentils), lean beef Add: melon, cherries, blueberries, and kiwi Add: broccoli, white potatoes, cauliflower  
10-12 Noodles, pastas, bagels, wheat cereals Add: fish (white), whole egg (at 12 months) Add: berries, grapes, citrus Add: corn, spinach Add: follow-on milk (at 12 months) other cheese: gouda, provolone, muenster

*Do not introduce fresh milk until your baby has reached 12 months of age

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