Importance of complementary
  Important information
        •   0 - 6 months
        •   6 - 8 months
        •   9 - 12 months
        •   12 - 24 months


Babies aged 9 - 12 months

Babies should be eating a variety of foods from all the food groups by the time they are 9 months old.  A varied complementary diet should offer food from at least four food groups, as well as breast milk each day. Variety includes varied choices from a single food group, as well as across different food groups.

By this age, babies should receive 3–4 meals per day. The meals should consist of finely chopped food and foods that they can pick up.  About half to three-quarters cup of food per meal should be given.  Depending on the baby’s appetite, 1 or 2 snacks may be given.

Breastfeeding should continue during complementary feeding, up to 2 years of age or beyond. It should be on demand, as often as the child wants. 

The nutritional contribution of breast milk is especially important during illness, when the child’s appetite for other foods decreases. It plays a key role in preventing dehydration and providing the nutrients required for recovery from infections.