Infant Feeding Guide (3 - 6 months)

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How much should an infant eat?

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.*

Liguid intake
6-8 fl oz (180-240 mL) 4-5 times/day

Liquids

Liquid

  • Breast Milk

  • Infant formula

Consistency

Consistency

  • Liquid

Key Nutrients

DHA

DHA

DHA is an Omega-3 fat prominent in your baby's brain and important for his normal brain and eye development. By your baby's 2nd birthday, most of his brain growth will have already occurred.

Tip
If using an infant formula, use a formula that has docosahexaenoic acid(DHA). Once on solids, fatty fish is another excellent way to ensure your baby's diet is rich in DHA.

Average DHA amount in breast milk: 0.32% of total fatty acids.

Iron

Iron

Iron is essential for your baby's physical and mental growth, and as he grows he needs more to meet his nutritional needs. Once your baby is on solids, make sure you provide iron rich foods.

Tip
Iron from animal products, especially meat, is absorbed more easily than from other sources. Vitamin C also helps absorption of iron from plant sources (non-heme-iron).

Iron recommendation:
0-6 months: 0.27 mg/day

DHA

Calcium

Your baby needs calcium for healthy development, especially of his bones and teeth.

Tip
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not introducing whole cow's milk until 12 months of age.

Calcium recommendation:
0-6 months: 200mg/day

* 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.

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