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Introducing family foods

From birth, breastmilk meets all your baby’s needs for food and drink to help them grow and develop. By about 26 weeks (6 months) they will begin to need more iron and nutrients than breastmilk alone can provide. Introducing foods at this age also helps them develop important skills such as learning to feed themselves and the different textures help develop muscles that are important for speech.

Some people think you need to introduce formula milks when you begin giving family foods. This is not true. You can continue to breastfeed while giving your growing baby healthy family foods for as long as you want to.

Introducing gluten-containing foods slowly from about 6 months while continuing to breastfeed can help protect your baby from developing coeliac disease later in life.

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