Leading health authorities recommend exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months of age and continued breastfeeding, with appropriate solid foods, for up to two years or beyond. A baby who is breastfed or receiving breast milk should receive a daily vitamin D supplement of 10 µg (400 IU).
Parents may choose to formula feed their baby for various personal or medical reasons. For parents who cannot breastfeed or have made an informed decision not to, properly prepared commercial infant formula is a safe alternative. For more information, please visit our page about infant formula.
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Make sure your baby shows most of these signs of readiness before you introduce solid foods.