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  1. Hello Dear,

    Thank you for writing to us at MediMetry.

    You can begin by offering smooth foods – from around 6 months to about 7 months.
    In the beginning offer a breastfeed first then try a small amount of solid foods. You may like to wait an hour after a feed to give your baby solid foods. Begin with a smooth consistency and progress to thicker and lumpier textures as soon as your baby is eating a range of smooth foods. Start by offering once a day, and then two to three times a day as your baby gets used to solid foods.

    Babies need extra iron in their diet at around six months so it is important to include at least one iron-rich food regularly in your baby's first foods to prevent iron deficiency. Iron- rich foods include:

    Iron fortified cereals (eg baby rice cereal)
    Pureed meat and poultry dishes
    Cooked pureed tofu
    Cooked pureed legumes, lentils and beans
    Apart from it you can give Cooked and pureed vegetables (eg pumpkin, potato, zucchini, sweet potato, peas, cauliflower, carrots). Pureed stewed fruits (eg apple, apricot, pear, berries). Well-mashed banana.

    Hope this answers your query. Feel free to write back with follow-up questions.
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  2. User
    Thanks a ton... This is indeed very useful.. Also please suggest about giving formula milk. When and how much formula milk should be started?
    • Hello Dear,

      Thank you for writing to us at MediMetry.
      Usually after six months you have choice to start formula milk but it's not mandatory. You should continue giving breastfeeds as much as possible along with introducing complimentary food.
      If you are working mother or Breastfeed is not sufficient then you can give formula milk. Any brand can be given unless you have told to give a specific formula. After six month, stage 2 or step 2 formula are recommended. The preparation and sterilization of feeding bottles or utensils should be meticulous. Use the table on the can for the age of your baby to decide about quantity of milk to be given. But it is normal for some babies to drink more and some to drink less than this.

      Hope this answers your query. Feel free to write back with follow-up questions.
      Stay connected to MediMetry for regular tips for new moms and preparing yourself for managing a new born!