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When baby is ready for other foods?

Breast milk is the only food your baby needs for the first six months – but after that it’s time for them to start learning about solids.

Keep breastfeeding while you introduce other foods that complement or add to the nutritients provided by breast milk (or infant formula).

In this section you can find out:

  • what the benefits are of breastfeeding your older baby or toddler
  • how to go about weaning.

What’s the difference between 'comping' and complementary feeding?

  • 'Comping' refers to the practice of supplementing breast milk with formula – this is usually unnecessarily.
  • Complementary feeding is the gradual introduction of solid food and fluids to an infant’s diet, along with the usual breast-milk feed (or infant formula).

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