6 Months to 24 Months
Continuing to breastfeed daily while starting your baby
on solid foods. This will help to keep you and your baby healthy
Breastfed babies are less likely to become picky eaters. They
are exposed, through breastmilk, to the taste and flavors of the
foods you eat.
6 to 8 months:
Between 6 - 8 months babies often show signs of wanting to taste
other foods. Wait until your baby sits up well by herself before
you begin to offer solid foods. Then offer soft foods and meat purees
for your baby to taste 2 or 3 times a day. It’s okay if your
baby spits out or plays with the food. Some babies are more interested
in having food in their mouths than others. It is all part of learning
about eating solids.
Breastfeeding can provide almost all the energy (calories) that
your baby needs between 6 to 8 months. However, your baby needs
more iron and zinc than can be provided by breastmilk alone. Therefore,
egg yolk, red meat and other iron rich foods are needed.
8 to 12 months:
Offer solid food 3 to 4 times a day with 1 to 2 snacks. “Baby
led feeding” is a great way for babies to learn to feed themselves.
More information is available at www.saskatoonbreastfeedingmatters.ca/
12 to 24 months:
Help your child to settle into the family’s eating pattern
while continuing to breastfeed. Offer to nurse often and do not
refuse your child’s need to breastfeed. Gradual weaning will
Note: Continuing to
breastfeed is a way to protect your own health and the health
of your toddler.
- reduces the risk of obesity for you and your baby;
- it improves your metabolic fitness in the same way as
- can improve your health if you have had blood sugar problems—
if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic;
- can reduce your risk of breast cancer, particularly if
you have a family history of breast cancer.
What if my child is sick with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea?
- let your family doctor know you are breastfeeding,
- follow medical advice,
- avoid giving your child solid foods as directed,
- stay with your child; nurse very frequently including during
Breastfeeding can comfort and replace fluids for a child
who is sick or needs surgery. It replaces food and calories.
Breastfeeding frequently provides small amounts that are more easily
tolerated when a child is ill. This is especially important when
a child is vomiting and has diarrhea.
What if I have to be apart from my baby to go back to
school or work?
Continuing to breastfeed as you go back to school or work is
a smart strategy for busy parents. It is also a employer’s
responsibility to accommodate your breastfeeding needs at work.
Information to take to your manager is available.
Separations are never easy when the baby is younger than 2 years
of age. It is even more difficult for mothers whose infants are
under six months of age. Even small amounts of breastfeeding can
help keep your baby strong and healthy.
Mothers often feel pressure to wean their baby on to a bottle
as they resume paid work. However, it is easier on the baby not
to be weaned at this time. Babies often change their eating and
sleeping pattern to match their mother’s schedule. For example
if you are away during the day your baby may eat less than usual
when he is away from you. He will want to nurse more in the evening
and at night.
Mothers and babies can and do manage by sleeping with the baby
near by during the night, as the baby will want to nurse more
often, expressing milk during rest breaks at work, providing expressed
milk for caregivers to feed the baby by cup, breastfeed often
on days off.