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Breastmilk is the only food your baby needs for the first 6 months. To learn about breastfeeding and why it is recommended that you breastfeed your baby, see HealthLinkBC File #70 Breastfeeding and HealthLinkBC File #69c Baby's First Foods. For more information on the benefits of breastfeeding and for tips on how to breastfeed, you can also visit the Healthy Families BC website.
For babies who cannot be breastfed, a store-bought infant formula is recommended. To learn more about formula feeding your baby, see HealthLinkBC File #69a Feeding Your Baby Formula: Before You Start.
If your baby is at increased risk of food allergies and you would like to learn more about food allergy, see our Healthy Eating web page on Reducing Risk of Food Allergy in Your Baby.
If you have questions about breastfeeding, formula feeding, or a food allergy, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse or registered dietitian. Our nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our dietitians are available Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also Email a HealthLinkBC Dietitian.
Adaptation Date: 1/19/2023
Adapted By: HealthLink BC
Adaptation Reviewed By: HealthLink BC