Nutrition in the First Year
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Nutrition in the First Year

This page provides information to help you give your baby a healthy start.

  • Breastfeeding is important for babies, mothers, families and communities. Human milk is the natural food for babies, and is the only food babies need for the first six months.
  • At about six months, babies are ready to start solid foods. Breastfeeding can continue until two years or more.
  • All babies need vitamin D. When breastfeeding, give your baby a 400 IU liquid vitamin D supplement each day from birth to two years of age. Babies who are fed only store-bought formula do not need a supplement because vitamin D has been added to the formula.
  • Wondering about infant formula? Get the information and support you need to make an informed decision about feeding your baby.
  • Your baby may eat a little or a lot. Watch your baby for signs that they are still hungry or have had enough to eat. It is up to your baby to decide how much to eat.

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