Infant Feeding Guide

    Infant hunger cues

    Moves head from side to side
    Opening their mouths
    Puckers lips as if to suck
    Sticking out their tongues
    Nuzzles against your breasts
    Bring fingers to mouth


    How much should an infant eat?

    Liquid intake:

    • 6-8 fl oz (180-240 mL) 4-5 times/day (4-5 feedings)

    • Look for an infant formula that has about 17 mg/100 kcal of Docosahexaenoic Acid (0.32% DHA).
    • This will help ensure your baby is getting a DHA amount similar to the average amount in world wide breast milk.*

    • Breast milk
    • Infant formula, iron-fortified


    • Liquid

    Breast milk provides the optimal nutrition for your baby.

    How to tell if your baby is getting enough to eat:

    • 6-8 wet diapers a day
    • Loose yellowish stool (1st month)
    • Appropriate weight gain

    • Lactating women should have at least 200 mg of DHA/day†. Eat foods rich in DHA, especially
    fatty fish such as salmon, to support your baby’s normal brain and eye development.§
    • All breastfed infants should receive a daily Vitamin D supplement of 400 IU (10 μg) until their diet provides it.

    * Average amount of DHA and ARA in worldwide breast milk is 0.32% and 0.47% (mean ± standard deviation of total fatty acids) based on an analysis of 65 studies of 2,474 women).
    † Koletzko B et al. J Perinat. Med. 2008;36:5-14.
    § For example, herring, mackerel, pollock, salmon and shrimp. Visit the FDA website for advice regarding eating fish.