Brain-building nutrition inspired by breast milk.
Shows likes and dislikes for foods
Enjoys holding food and finger-feeding
Opens mouth wide when offered food on spoon
Iron-fortified infant cereal
Cooked meat, fish, poultry, legumes
Cooked vegetables (carrots, peas, sweet potato)
Peeled, cooked or ripe fruit (banana, kiwi, apple, avocado)
Solid food intake:
1-2 Tbsp per serving 2-3 times/day (Ensure texture is right)
Crunchy but easy to dissolve
Mashed with tiny soft lumps
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.
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 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.
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).
0-6 months: 0.27 mg/day
Your baby needs calcium for healthy development, especially of his bones and teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not introducing whole cow's milk until 12 months of age.
0-6 months: 200mg/day
Start with nearly liquid foods, then gradually introduce foods with thicker textures. Always supervise infants when they're eating.
Avoid foods like nuts, raw carrots, popcorn, hard, sticky or round candy, raisins, hot dogs and whole grapes.
All infants: Sugary drinks or foods Infants under 1: Honey (risk if botulism)
Limit fruit juice as it may take the place of more nutrient-rich foods. Give only if baby is older than 6 months and drinking from a cup. Limit to 4-6 fl oz per day.
Breast milk provides the optional nutrition for your baby.
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.