My baby is 5months old,since last one week she is not feeding much,also she is sleeping on her tummy and putting fingers in her mouth. So I am slowly removing fingers and giving feeding while sleeping on tummy side. 1. please let me know it is safe or not and why she sleeping on tummy side? how to prevent it? 2. She totally breastfeed,How should I know whether my milk is sufficient to her? 3. When should I start to give water and other food?

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you should wait till the baby is 6 months old. This is because any other food would not provide the nutrients, which milk does. Moreover the digestive system is still developing and may not have enough enzymes to digest other foods properly. If the baby is satisfied with your feed and is gaining weight consistently, it means your feed is sufficient. you may start with strained vegetable +soup including green leafy vegetables (with milk), fresh fruit juice. At 6 months you can give ragi porridge, rice kheer, suji kheer or phirni etc. You can gradually start with mashed banana, boiled potatoes, dal water also. Boiled water can be given especially after each solid feed. Starting with a spoon or two you may gradually increase the amount. Keep the seasonings mild, keep the consistency flowing initially. You may give three solid feeds maximum, in a day. Click on the following link for details on introducing solids Hope this helps

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