Parenting

Infant Feeding Guide

What you feed your baby in the first year of its life is extremely important. During this time, a lot of physical development is occurring. For the first few months, all a baby needs is breastfeeding and/or formula.

Here are some guidelines for:

The First 4 Months

In the first 4 months, your baby shouldn’t be fed solid food unless you are advised to do so by your pediatrician. Here are some of the reasons not to feed your baby solid foods before they are 4 months old:

  • Formula or breast-milk will be enough to provide all the nutrients your baby needs.
  • Your baby is not ready to eat from a spoon.
  • Solid foods before 4 months could lead to food allergies.
  • It could increase the chances of your baby being overweight.
  • Solid foods can prevent infants from sleeping at night.

According to the advice of American Academy of Pediatrics, all infants, children and teenagers should take vitamin D from some source.

Guide to Formula Feeding

Age

Amount of Formula

Number of Feedings in a Day

1 month 2 to 4 ounces 6 – 8 times
2 months 5 to 6 ounces 5 – 6 times
3 – 5 months 6 to 7 ounces 5 – 6 times

Feeding Tips for Your Child:

  • When you start solid foods, feed your baby one new taste at a time. Don’t mix different foods at the same time.
  • Start with small amounts of food. You can start with one teaspoon and increase it after a while.
  • The first solid foods for infants tend to be dry foods. You need to mix them according to the instructions.
  • Do not add sugar or salt to your baby’s food if you are making it yourself.
  • When your baby is able to drink from a glass, you can give it sugar-free fruit juice.
  • Always feed your baby with a spoon if you’re giving your baby solid food. A bottle should be used only for formula or breast-milk.

This infant feeding guide will help you feed your baby correctly.

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