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What Types of Foods to Feed Infants

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Foods/Month

0-4 Months

4-5 Months

5-7 Months

7-8 Months

8-10 Months

10-12 Months

Breast milk or formula with iron

*8-12 short, frequent feedings.

*16-40 ounces in 5-10 feedings per day

*short frequent feedings, 5 or more per day.

*24-40 ounces in 4-7 feedings per day

*on demand, 5 or more feedings per day.

*24-40 ounces in 4-7 feedings per day.

* On demand

*24-32 ounces in 3-4 feedings per day.

Start the cup!

* On demand

*16-32 ounces in 3-4 feedings per day. Give formula by cup daily.

* On demand

* 16-24 ounces in 3-4 feedings per day, mostly by cup. At one year, start whole milk.

Water

Boiled water, 1-2 ounces

2-4 ounces of water offered 2 times daily

4 or more ounces per day between meals

Plain water by cup between meals.

Plain water by cup between meals.

Plain water by cup between meals.

Cereals and grains

NONE

Boxed rice, oatmeal or barley cereal fed by spoon only. Mix 2-3 teaspoons with formula or breast milk,

Boxed rice, oatmeal or barley cereal 3-6 tablespoons per day mixed with formula or breast milk.

All varieties of infant cereals. 3-6 tablespoons per day. Offer other grains such as bread, crackers, noodles and rice.

All varieties of infant cereals, enriched or fortified hot cereals, bread, noodles, rice, crackers etc., 4 or more times daily.

Hot or cold unsweetened cereals, bread, rice, noodles, crackers. Use whole grains about half of the time. Serve breads and cereals at least 4 times each day.

 

Fruit juice

NONE

NONE

Strained or mashed dark yellow and green vegetables, 2 to 4 ounces per day in one or two feedings.

Strained, mashed or soft cooked fresh or frozen vegetables, 4 oz. or 12 cup per day. Soft cooked vegetables are good finger foods.

Cooked fresh or frozen vegetables. Serve vegetables at both lunch and inner every day.

All cooked fresh or frozen vegetables. Serve vegetables at lunch and inner every day.

Fruits

NONE

NONE

Strained or mashed plain fruits, 2 to 4 ounces per day in one or two feedings.

Strained, mashed, fresh or soft cooked fruits, 4 ounces or ½ cup per day. Small pieces of fruit make great finger foods.

Peeled, soft pieces of fruit: bananas, peaches, apples, pears and oranges. Give fruit as a snack every day.

All fresh fruits, peeled and seeded. Canned fruits packed in water or juice may be given. Fruits make good snacks and desserts.

Protein foods

NONE

NONE

NONE

Strained or mashed lean meat, fish, and poultry may be added now, 2 ounces or ¼ cup per day. Try plain yogurt and mild cheese.

Lean meats, fish, and poultry mashed or in small tender pieces two times each day. Try egg yolk, and cooked dried beans.

Small, tender pieces of lean meant, fish, or poultry, whole eggs, cheese, yogurt, cooked dried beans, served two times each day.

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