Guide To Feeding Infants
Infant Feeding Guide: An OverviewIn order to help new parents plan for a growing baby's nutritional needs, healthcare professionals recommend standard feeding guidelines for infants.
From birth until six months of age, breastfed infants will need frequent feedings (about 7 to 12 feedings per day, depending on age). Babies drinking formula will usually start with 18 to 24 ounces of formula per day before gradually increasing to 25 to 45 ounces daily.
At around four to six months of age, you should start introducing solid foods (such as infant cereal) to your baby. Once your baby has tried grain cereals, a variety of pureed meats, fruits, and vegetables can be gradually added. Although you will continue to breastfeed or formula feed at this time, the amounts should be decreased.
By the time your baby is eight months old, he or she should be able to chew and swallow food with more texture. At this point, you can start adding small, soft, lumpier blends, such as pureed foods mixed with small pieces of meat, vegetables, or pasta.
By the time your child is 10 to 12 months old, his or her diet may consist of numerous foods, including juice, crackers, and noodles. You can continue to breastfeed on demand; infant formula can be offered in a cup.
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