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Introducing Protein Foods
Between 7 and 9 months you can add meats, poultry and fish to your baby's daily diet if your doctor recommends them. You can either buy the foods or prepare them at home.
Prepare or buy only plain, single-ingredient foods such as strained chicken, strained beef, and strained fish. These are more economical than the mixed dinner-style baby foods.
Baby can now have about 1/4 cup of a vitamin C-rich baby fruit juice, such as orange juice. Give real juice rather than sweetened fruit drinks. Babies don't need juice to meet their nutritional needs. It is not essential that juice be provided every day. If babies get too much juice it may cause diarrhea. Babies can easily fill up on juice and not eat solid foods and milk which provide them nutrients.
Some babies lose interest in nursing as they become more active. When you wean your baby, replace a feeding with liquids from a bottle or sippy cup After a week or two, replace another feeding. Do this gradually until baby is weaned. During the weaning period, be sure to give baby extra hugs and kisses.
Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NuFacts
This resource was updated April 2008.
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