AND SOLID FOODS
My daughter is 11 months old. Extended breastfeeding is in my
plan. She still nurses a couple times during the night. How many
times a day should an older baby nurse versus eating solid foods?
How wonderful that you are aware of the many benefits of extended
breastfeeding and plan to continue nursing after a year! Your
daughter is a very lucky little girl.
is a very complete food for at least the first six months of life.
From 6-12 months, an "educational diet" is recommended. This means
that others foods gradually begin to provide for nutritional needs
that milk alone can no longer provide, and your baby gets used
to different tastes and textures as well.
or formula should be the main source of calories up till the end
of the first year, and should still constitute about 75% of her
diet at 12 months (25% solids). The need for iron increases after
the first six to nine months, so it is good to include iron rich
foods during the latter half of the first year.
milk is the most nutrient dense food you can give your baby, solids
should be started slowly and not over-emphasized in the first
year when the baby's brain is still growing so quickly.
months, the amount of complementary foods increases. At 18 months,
50% of the diet should be milk (preferably breastmilk) and 50%
solids. By 24 months, toddlers should still have about 20% of
their nutritional needs met in the form of milk, and about 80%
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