NiS is supported and advised by medical experts including GP
and TV doctor Dr Chris Steele, health journalist, medical
author and GP Dr Sarah Brewer, and consultant paediatrician
Dr Colin Michie.
Dr Sarah Brewer answers a number of commonly asked questions
Q: My baby is 4 months old, when can I start her on solid foods?
A baby should normally receive only breast or formula milk until
she is at least four to six months old. You can then start
introducing a little pureed solid food. Only offer your baby
products especially designed for weaning - do not give cereal
products intended for older children, or pureed family meals,
as these may contain too much salt or other additives. Try
to encourage savoury rather than sweet foods.
the ages of 4 - 6 months:
baby normally needs at least 600 ml of breast or formula milk
per day plus any of the following made up into a smooth, bland
tasting mash or puree (don't add salt.)
fibre cereals e.g. baby rice, baby porridge
fruit and cooked vegetables, e.g. pureed apple or carrots
soft meats and pulses (e.g. chicken, beans)
milk products e.g. yoghurt, fromage frais, custard, cheese
the ages of 6 - 9 months:
your baby easily accepts food from a spoon two or three times
a day, he usually needs 500 - 600 ml breast or formula milk
per day, plus:
foods two or three times a day e.g. wholemeal bread, toast,
and vegetables at least twice a day (e.g. mashed banana,
peeled apple slices, fingers of raw carrot)
cooked mince, pureed meat or fish, pulses or chopped hard
- boiled eggs once a day for protein
milk products, e.g. yoghurt, fromage frais, custard, cheese
sauce, plus hard cheese as a finger food.
cooking food that will be given to both your baby and the
rest of the family, remember not to add salt during cooking.
If you want to salt your own food, do so only at the table,
after your baby's portions have been set aside.
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