Studies have shown there can be valuable health benefits in breastfeeding your newborn, up to one year of life or more.
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Many hospitals provide lactation consultants to help talk with you about this and why it's so important. Keep with it, and your baby will be better off in the long run!
Some pediatricians will recommend a liquid supplement of Vitamin D for babies, for those that breastfeed especially. This is because cow's milk is likely fortified with vitamin D, and breastmilk is not.
After 4-6 months, your baby may be ready to begin eating some solid foods. Breastmilk or formula is still a big part of their diet for their first year, however they can begin trying new solids if they have met certain milestones. Talk to your pediatrician to confirm when they are ready.
This is a time when you may begin to learn if your baby has food allergies, as you begin to introduce one new food item at a time. Find more tips and information from the Mayo Clinic on starting solid foods.
Note: The information here is meant to encourage you to make good choices, when those choices align with your pediatrician's recommendations. Third party links are not affiliated and have not been verified for accuracy, please consult your doctor or pediatrician with any questions you have.