Tips from the Vance County Parenting Task Force
When should a baby start eating solid foods?
Breast milk is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months after birth. For these young infants, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that water, juice, and other foods are generally unnecessary. Even when babies enjoy discovering new tastes and textures, solid foods should not replace breastfeeding.
Beyond one year, as the variety and volume of solid foods gradually increase, breast milk remains an ideal addition to the child’s diet.