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Bottle Feeding 101: Everything You Need to Know

The AAP advises starting to slowly introduce some solid foods to your baby around six months of age. Bottle feeding or breastfeeding is still the most important source of nutrition during months 6 to 12 of your baby's life, but the goal is to gradually transition him from bottle feedings to using a sippy cup and eating solid foods by about his first birthday.

Pediatricians also recommend transitioning formula-fed babies from formula to cow's milk at age 1. Because formula is more calorie-rich than cow's milk, making the switch at this time may help prevent childhood obesity down the road. If your baby is 1 year to 18 months old and still drinking formula and/or drinking from a bottle, talk with your pediatrician about tips for transitioning to a cup and to cow's milk.

Babies can continue to have breast milk beyond age 1 (for as long as the mother and baby both like), but should learn to drink from a sippy cup. Cow's milk and solid foods should still become a part your breast milk–fed baby's diet. Watch this quick video with tips on starting your fussy baby on solid foods.



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