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The second week of the course is about baby food. We discover cultural differences, ways to introduce solids, and what the science tells us about it.

Hello and welcome to Week 2 of Infant Nutrition.

Last week, we focused on the importance of good nutrition in an infant’s diet over the first six months of life.

We discussed the importance of breast feeding: why it’s important, how to sustain it and how to promote it. We also spent some time discussing infant formula, how it differs from breast milk and how it may be used in an infant’s diet.

This week, we’ll chart a baby’s food journey from six to 12 months as they move from a primarily milk-based diet to eating solids and taking their place at the family table.

To do this, we’ll cover a range of issues we know are of interest to new parents including:

  • how much and what types of food to provide
  • different ways to introduce solid foods
  • managing food rejection
  • how to maximise a child’s future enjoyment of the wide range of foods they’ll need for good health.

Your task

Watch the video to find out more about what you’ll be learning in Week 2 as we chart a baby’s food journey from six to 12 months of age.

In the comments, share your own thoughts about introducing solid foods to babies. For example:

  • If your baby has started solids, tell us about what you’re doing and how it’s going.
  • If you haven’t experienced this stage yet, you may like to share your expectations and/or concerns about this next phase.
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Infant Nutrition: from Breastfeeding to Baby's First Solids

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