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Baby Food

Did you know that breast milk is the only food that your baby needs for the first 6 months of life to grow and be healthy? Mothers are encouraged to continue breastfeeding combined with solid foods for the first 2 years of life or longer if they wish. Your baby is ready to start solid foods at about 6 months of age. Breast milk is still the most important food, but extra nutrients, like iron, are needed from solid foods. Solid foods also provide a variety of flavours and textures for your baby.1

If your child has Feeding and Swallowing problems, please visit tykeTALK.com

View the Unlock Foods, Baby Food Videos

 
  • Mother feeding babyIntroducing Solid Foods
    At about six months of age, most babies are developmentally ready to start solid foods. This is a learning experience for baby and caregivers!
  • Infant FormulaInfant Formula
    If you have decided to give your baby infant formula, it is important to safely prepare and feed infant formula to your baby.
 

You can help your baby to develop healthy eating habits from the start! Since your baby’s birth, you have been learning about and responding to your baby's hunger and fullness cues. Acting on baby’s cues and following their lead helps your baby learn to become a good eater and have a healthy relationship with food.

*If you have made an informed decision to offer infant formula to your baby, the recommendations for offering complementary (or solid) foods are the same as for babies who are breastfed.

 

Telephone Support

To speak with a Public Health Nurse from the Middlesex-London Health Unit:

  • 519-663-5317
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

Telehealth Ontario

Do you have questions about food and healthy eating? Call Telehealth Ontario and speak to a Registered Dietitian. It's free!

  • 1-866-797-0000
  • Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
  • Translation services are available
 

Baby Food Videos (Unlock Foods)

 Iron Rich Foods for Babies. 
 Cette vidéo est disponible en français: 
 aliments riches en fer pour les bébés

 Baby in high chair learning to self-feedLearning to Self Feed
 Cette vidéo est disponible en français:
 apprendre  à manger tout seul.

Food of different textures Offering a Variety of Textures
 Cette vidéo est disponible en français:
 proposez des textures variées à votre bébé.

Baby in high chair being fed Responding to Baby's Feeding Cues
 Cette vidéo est disponible en français: 
 interpréter les signes de votre bébé.

Family eating together at table The Feeding Relationship
 Cette vidéo est disponible en français:
 le rapport parent-enfant dans l'alimentation.

 
Date of creation: December 18, 2013
Last modified on: March 29, 2022

References

1Health Canada. (2015, January 19). Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from Six to 24 Months. Retrieved from
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/infant-nourisson/recom/recom-6-24-months-6-24-mois-eng.php