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How to Feed Your Baby Step by Step

This is a general guide for feeding a baby. Your baby may eat a little more or a little less than this guide suggests.

0 to 4 months
Breast Milk

•Nurse on demand, 5 to 10 minutes per breast.
Formula


Age # times/day serving size
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0 to 1 Month 6 to 8 times 2 to 4 oz
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1 to 2 months 5 to 7 times 3 to 5 oz
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2 to 3 months 4 to 6 times 4 to 7 oz
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3 to 4 months 4 to 6 times 5 to 8 oz
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•Never prop a bottle. Always hold the baby to feed.
•Don't microwave bottles.
•Don't force a large feeding amount. 6 wet diapers is a good sign your baby is getting enough.
•Do not feed honey to a child until 1 year of age.
4 to 6 months
Breast Milk or Formula

4 to 6 times per day, 6 to 8 oz at each feeding

•Don't prop the bottle.
•Use a pacifier if the baby wants to suck.
Grains

Rice cereal 1 to 2 times per day, 1 to 2 tbsp. servings

•Start cereal if baby is taking over 32 oz per day.
•Don't put cereal in a bottle.
6 to 8 months
Breast Milk or Formula

3 to 5 times per day, 6 to 8 oz servings

•Give breast milk or formula before giving solids.
Grains

Rice Cereal 3 to 5 times per day, 2 to 4 tbsp. servings

•Don't heat in microwave.
Fruits & Veggies

Strained fruits and vegetables, 2 to 4 times per day, 2 to 3 tbsp. servings

•Keep solids refrigerated.
•Start one fruit or vegetable at a time.
•Do not give foods in chunks.
8 to 12 months
Breast Milk or Formula

3 to 4 times per day, 6 to 8 oz servings

•Baby can hold a bottle but don't give a bottle in bed.
•Try using a cup.
Grains

Baby cereal, crackers, bread, or dry cereal, 1 to 2 times per day, 2 to 4 tbsp. servings

•Start with soft finger foods.
•Be patient.
•Feed your baby in a high chair.
•Feed only foods that will dissolve in the mouth.
Fruits & Veggies

Strained or mashed fruits or vegetables, 3 to 4 times per day, 3 to 4 tbsp. servings

Fruit juice (not orange) 1 time per day, 4 oz in cup

•Juice does not replace milk.
•Give juice in a cup.
Meat

Strained chicken, beef, or dried beans, 1 to 2 times per day, 3 to 4 tbsp. servings

•Do not give hotdogs or pieces of meat that need chewing.
Age 1+ years
•You may give whole milk instead of formula. Your child may also have citrus juice, honey, and whole eggs after 1 year of age. Never give honey to babies. Honey may cause a serious disease called botulism in children less than 1 year old.
•Continue to have meals in a high chair or at the table.
•DO NOT allow your child to walk around and eat small amounts of food frequently (grazing).
•Do not add peanuts, treenuts or shellfish to your child's diet until 2 or 3 years of age.
•Give your child snacks at the table. Snacks are important for baby's increasing energy needs.
Other Dairy Foods

•Yogurt, 1/4 to 1/2 cup servings
•Offer cottage cheese, 1 to 2 tbsp. servings

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