When your baby is six months old he is ready for solid foods. Your baby does not need teeth to start eating solid food. Starting solid foods too early or too late can cause problems. IF YOU: Start your baby on solid foods too early. YOUR BABY MAY: Breastfeed less often causing you to make less breast milk. Stop breastfeeding too early. Not get all the benefits of breast milk such as protection from illness and allergies. Have lower iron levels. Have a diet low in protein, fat, and other important nutrients. IF YOU: Start your baby on solid foods too late. YOUR BABY MAY: Be slow to accept solid foods Have a hard time chewing food. Not get all the vitamins and minerals he needs, such as iron and vitamin A. Growth spurts are common at about: three weeks, six weeks and three months. Your baby may want extra breast milk at these times. -This is not a sign that your baby needs solid foods! -It is too early to introduce solids! -Starting solids does not help your baby sleep through the night! Just breastfeed more often when your baby seems hungry during a growth spurt.
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