Your baby does not need any other food or drink for the first 6 months. Even in hot weather, your breastmilk is all your baby needs. Feeding your baby anything else can reduce your milk supply and may cause health problems for your baby.
|Generally, healthy full-term babies do not need anything else but breastmilk for the first 6 months of age, unless there is a medical problem.|
Your baby is born with extra fat and fluids to help him through the first few days. Your baby's stomach is about the size of a cherry at first, and only needs small amounts of breastmilk, frequently.
The amount of milk your body makes will increase as your baby grows. When your baby is having a growth spurt, he may feed very often for a few days. Growth spurts most often occur at 2 or 3 weeks, 6 and 12 weeks of age. A growth spurt usually lasts from 2 to 7 days.
Family foods may be started when your baby is around 6 months old.