hi. my daughter is 6.5 months old. i have exclusively breastfed her till date. should i now introduce her to other things.

1. what food should i introduce (how often)

2. i dont want to stop breastfeeding until she is 1 or 1.5 yrs old so how many times should I breastfeed her now.

hi akansha so my second one is nearly 8 months and is exclusively breast fed as well. he hates the taste of too feed. at 6 months I gradually started introducing a spoon of cereal and veggies to him. I started with mashed sweet potato, peas, carrot, pumpkin. in cereals I started ragi and soft mashed rice. he took very well to banana. I would suggest try one type of food for a week and then start introducing other items. you can also check if your lil one is allergic to some food type or not. they say try 1 fruit for 3 to 4 days and then move to the other. hope this helps.

doctor said to start with daal and khichdi :(

soft mashed rice you mean cooked in milk?

strained dal is i guess the first thing doctors suggest as its very light. you may try mashed banana or for that matter gradually introduce any fruit stew to your child like apple stew, pear stew, avocado sauce. whatever you make should of a runny consistency. you can try barley water.

You can start with mashed fruits like banana, apple sauce and move on to porridges like suji kheer, ragi porridge etc made in water. Introduce packet milk only after consulting your paed. For breastfeeding, do it on demand as and when your child asks for it. For more recipe idea, you can go through articles on Babychakra. You will find many relevant ideas. Good luck.

You can start with any first foods like rice, dal, pulses, veggies and fruits. Its good to start with Veggies first like lauki/dudhi, carrot, spinach one week at a time. as mentioned above to check for allergies.then you can mix 3-4 veggies and make a soup and feed. initially make small quantities after pureeing the mixture well in a blender. Make sure you sterilise all utensils, blender and bowl spoon. Slowly you can introduce very soft rice and dal with Veggies. make it like khichdi. You can make porridge with ragi, jowar, rice flour, wheat, dalia with water. lastly start with fruits as babies love sweet so they like fruits. you can give banana, apples, pear, papaya,chickoo

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