Infant Feeding Guide

Nothing can be more precious for any mother then a perfect health of their infants. It’s a dream of every mother that their babies grow with good health. In the first year babies increase in not only length but triple their birth weight up to 50 percent.

Apart from physical development, your infant is also emotionally, socially and cognitively developing. Food plays a significant role in all of these areas. Considering the above mentioned facts, special Food guide for infants must be followed by mothers to fuel that development of infants.

Following is the infant feed guide that will assist you to know what to feed your infant month by month. Amounts that are listed below are averages. Don’t worry if your infant is eating more or less than the recommended amounts as long as your pediatrician states he/she is rising properly.

Food guide for infants of about 4 to 6 Months

• Breast milk: Feed breast milk on demand, generally about four to seven times a day, or

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• Iron-fortified baby formula: twenty-four to forty ounces a day, or even more if required

• Iron-fortified baby cereal: mix two to three teaspoons rice cereal (to start on with) or barley cereal with formula, water, or breast milk to make a semi-solid consistency. Give it only twice a day. Moreover, don’t expect your infant will have it much at first.

• Use of fruits and fruit juices: None wanted, but you may mix 100% pure fruit juice with baby cereal in place of breast milk or formula. Evade tomato and citrus juices at this stage of growing. But it’s alright to give little amounts of pureed fruits to infants of about 4 to 6 months.

Infant feed guide of about 6 to 8 Months

• Breast milk: Feed breast milk on demand, generally about four to five times a day or

• Iron-fortified baby formula: twenty-four to thirty-two ounces a day

• Iron-fortified baby cereals: Mix three to nine tablespoons baby cereal with formula, water, or breast milk in minimum two or more feedings a day, if baby is ok with that.

• Use of Fruit and fruit juices: Strained, mashed or Pureed fruits like applesauce and bananas: one jar or ½ cup daily, split into two to three feedings. Instead of fruit juice, give fresh fruits.

• Vegetables: Mashed and Strained, cooked vegetables. Dark green, orange or dark yellow but no corns. Start on with placid tasting vegetables which include peas, squash or green beans. Give ½ to one jar infant food vegetables or ½ to ¼ cup a day.

Food guide for infants of about 8 to 10 Months

• Breast milk: Feed breast milk on demand, generally about three to four times a day or

• Iron-fortified baby formula: Sixteen to thirty-two ounces a day

• Iron-fortified baby cereals or simple hot cereals: Around ½ to ¼ cup daily, but this will vary upon the demand. Breads: bagel, Toast or crackers for teething, if wanted.

• Use of Fruit and fruit juices: at this age it’s OK to give tomato and citrus juice, but don’t let juices replace fruits. Infant can have one to two jars of pureed fruit a day, or finely peeled, chopped soft fruit wedges which include peaches, bananas, apples and pears.

• Vegetables: Give ½ to one cup or one to two jars of pureed vegetables a day.

• Protein foods: Start giving fresh or finely chopped chicken or lean meats with bones and all the fat, but make sure that the skin is removed; complete fat yogurt; solid cheeses which include cheddar; cooked egg yolks; peanut butter thinned with applesauce or Full fattening yogurt and mashed cooked dried beans.

Infant feed guide of about 10 to 12 Months

• Breast milk: Feed breast milk on demand, generally about three to four times a day or

• Iron-fortified baby formula: Sixteen to twenty-four ounces a day

• Milk: Full fattening milk can be given to a baby at this age. You can make transitions by mixing formula with milk and slowly mounting the amount of milk, until milk totally replaces formula.

• Breads and Cereals: baby cereals, finely cooked bread, pasta, mashed potatoes and rice can be given to baby, minimum a tablespoon or so upon demand. Though, Intake will vary infant to infant.

• Vegetables: you can give cooked as well as raw vegetables.

• Use of Fruit and fruit juices: All fresh fruits, seeded and peeled, or even canned fruits can be served to baby at this age. Just be certain that the fruits are soft enough and cut into small pieces that can be eaten easily by a baby.

• Protein foods: Give, small pieces of fresh lean meat with bones, fish or chopped chicken with all the fats; full fattening yogurt, cheese and cottage; fully cooked egg at the beginning of twelve months; and full fattening yogurt or peanut butter thinned with applesauce.

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