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Does My Baby Need Any Other Food or Drink?

Your baby does not need any other food or drink for the first 6 months.   Even in hot weather, your breastmilk is all your baby needs.  Feeding your baby anything else can reduce your milk supply and may cause health problems for your baby.

Generally, healthy full-term babies do not need anything else but breastmilk for the first 6 months of age, unless there is a medical problem.

Your baby is born with extra fat and fluids to help him through the first few days.  Your baby's stomach is about the size of a cherry at first, and only needs small amounts of breastmilk, frequently.

The amount of milk your body makes will increase as your baby grows.   When your baby is having a growth spurt, he may feed very often for a few days.  Growth spurts most often occur at 2 or 3 weeks, 6 and 12 weeks of age.  A growth spurt usually lasts from 2 to 7 days.

Family foods may be started when your baby is around 6 months old.