The Department of Health recommends exclusive breast feeding for the first six months of your baby's life. All babies are different and develop at different rates and your baby may start to show signs they are ready for weaning earlier than six months. If this is the case and you think your baby may be ready to start solids, speak to your healthcare professional who will be able to advise you. Babies under 17 weeks should not be given solid foods.
If, on the advice of a healthcare professional, you have started to wean your baby before six months, you should avoid giving your baby the foods listed below. This is because your baby's digestive system is too young to handle these foods or they may contain harmful bacteria.
- Added salt
- Fish and shellfish
- Soft and unpasteurised cheeses
- Low fat foods, as your baby needs full fat products to obtain the energy they need to grow
Speak to your GP for weaning before 6 months