By Ann Faust, IBCLC 

From Birth to Six Months

During the first six months of its life your baby can get everything your baby needs from breastmilk. Please remember breastmilk is very quickly, and nearly fully, absorbed by the baby’s body. Therefore (especially during the early days) your baby will need to be fed more frequently than you may expect (at least eight to ten times every twenty-four hours.)


At Six Months

About this time your baby will be able to sit up and be willing to try new foods. You can discuss with your healthcare provider how and what to use as a first food more in detail.  Please remember mother’s milk is still your baby’s main source of food at this age.


From Six months to One Year

American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend children to be breastfed at least the first twelve months of their lives - and beyond - as long as both the mother and the baby are enjoying breastfeeding. At this stage your baby will enjoy trying new foods and trying to feed him/herself.  Having family dinners together will improve baby’s willingness to try new foods and it is invaluable family bonding time.


As your baby eats more solid foods, the amount of breastmilk he/she wants may decrease. Still it is wise to keep an eye on the baby’s intake as breastmilk is still the baby’s main source of food. Cow’s milk is usually not suitable for babies under one year of age.


Over One Year

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mothers should breastfeed "at least until one year of age and then as long as baby and mother mutually want to.”  The World Health Organization (WHO) officially recommends mothers breastfeed until three years of age. Many fascinating studies show that the longer, and more frequently a mom nurses her baby, the smarter her child is likely to become. So make sure when you are getting ready to wean your baby this is a choice for your own family not because people at the supermarket, at the restaurant, or your next door neighbor said so.


  • Please remember

Formula feeding does not give your baby the same ingredients as breastmilk, which is easy for your baby to absorb.  And is a perfect food to help him/her grow and develop.

And infant formula doesn’t provide protection against infection and other diseases.



The above information is true at the time of update (05/04/2011). The information on  is for general information only. If you have serious concerns about your baby or breastfeeding, speak to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.