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Complementary food is the feeding of babies with the first meals. While infants up to the age of around six months should only be breastfed (or given baby milk as a substitute), a gradual switch to normal diet is then required. This requires a certain transition phase, in which the babies with complementary foods are gradually accustomed to eating. The child should be given enough time to get used to the new foods. In the beginning, therefore, a baby porridge consisting of only one ingredient is appropriate and a further ingredient should only be added a week later. Complementary food is to be started at the earliest at the age of five months and at the latest from the seventh month of life and in addition to the porridge meals, the children continue to be breastfed - but to a correspondingly reduced extent. (fp)
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