ZocdocAnswersIs it safe if babies prefer solids to milk?

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Is it safe if babies prefer solids to milk?

My five-month-old son prefers solids to milk. Is this safe?

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Milk is a vital part of your young child's overall health in the early stages of development, but this will gradually become less so over time. While breast milk is obviously noted to have significant advantages to both the mother and the child, even the formulas that are so common will have excellent formulations of essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary for your child to grow in the healthiest manner. If you feel that your child is changing his diet too aggressively and not getting the well rounded diet that he needs, speaking with your doctor may be appropriate. He or she will be able to check your son's height and weight on a growth chart to make sure that there are no disturbing trends, and then be able to answer specific questions. He or she may recommend adding some formula or breast milk to help in mixing the solid foods that you are feeding your baby to make sure that all of his needs are met. There may be other findings suggested in your routine well baby checkup that would make your doctor more of less concerned. Please speak with your baby's doctor about your concerns.

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