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lit2603@hotmail.com asked:
How should I introduce solid food? How will I know when my baby's full? Do I still need to give my baby breast milk or formula?

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Arora Valley answered:
According to HPB parents are recommended to introduce a good balance of solid food to their babies after 6 months of age. Start your baby on solid food gradually. Use the Healthy Diet Pyramid as recommended by HPB as a guide. Start with giving only ½ teaspoon of solids at first. Slowly increase the amount to 1- 2 tablespoons of solids, 2 - 3 times a day. Milk is still the main source of energy and nutrients, but babies need other foods to develop and grow properly. Ideally feed your baby according to his appetite. Infants know how much milk or food they need and will regulate how much they take. This results in optimal growth. Let your child decide whether he wants to eat and how much to eat. Once baby is eating a variety of foods, baby will typically eat anywhere from 1 to 5 tablespoons (15 to 75 ml) of each food choice offered at a meal. Start with one meal a day. As baby grows and learns to like more foods you will find that baby will be ready for three regular meals with the family. Allow baby to take the lead when eating. Wait for baby’s mouth to open when you offer food. Watch baby for signs of being full• turns head away at sight of spoon • closes mouth at sight of spoon • covers mouth with hands • fusses or cries • falls asleep.

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Liew_Woei_Kang answered:
Introduce solid food in small quantities, and increase volume if baby is interested. I would suggest introducing only one new food per week in case there are allergic reactions. Continue to give the baby milk as the calories for weaning solids less than milk. The advice are kept general and not a substitute for a consultation. Kindly consult your doctor or paediatrician as a detailed history and examination is important to come to a diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Fluttershy78 answered:
Recommend to start when bb is 6mths old. If u start too early your bb might not b able to take the solids well due to immature digestive system. I started off w plain pureed homecooked plain porridge w spinach... n slowly added some flavors .. Most mothers use cereals mix w bm or fm.. start slowly n if bb is not ful she wil cry for more.

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Winnie Yap answered:
Agree that it is recommended to start introducing solid foods from 6th month onwards. My baby will stop eating when she is full though. My gynae advised me to at least breast feed for 3months, 6 months for optimal effects and maximum 1year as beyond age of 1, your child needs more than breastmilk to get the nutrients needed for their growth. Thus formula milk is advised for she 1year and beyond.

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