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Infant feeding and nutrition

Are there any foods I should avoid feeding my one-year-old?

Although most toddlers can eat from the family menu, there are still a few things to watch out for—choking hazards, for one. Cut his food into small pieces to guard against choking. Make sure your baby is seated and supervised at all times while eating. And check with your child's doctor to learn what foods your child should continue to avoid.

Related: Healthy Habits: Should you set food rules for your toddler?

Are there any foods that my baby can't have?

Babies should not have honey until their first birthday. This includes any foods baked with honey. Honey can cause botulism, a serious type of food poisoning.

Cow's milk should also be excluded from your baby's diet until after her first birthday. Cow's milk is too low in iron and vitamin C and too high in protein, sodium, potassium, and chloride for your baby's health and developing kidneys.

You should also avoid giving your baby tea and solid foods that can be choking hazards.

Related: Infant Nutrition No-no's

Does my baby need vitamin supplements?

Babies generally get excellent nutrition with formula.

If your baby is breastfed, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends giving her a vitamin D supplement, as breast milk typically has very low levels of this nutrient. What's more, infants don't get sun exposure like adults do, to produce vitamin D naturally.

Your breastfed baby may also need an iron supplement, if your baby is born premature, or with low birth weight, or has low iron levels. Talk to your child's doctor before adding any vitamin supplement to her diet.

As your baby becomes a toddler (and a picky eater), you may want to ask your doctor about vitamin supplements to be sure she's getting all the nutrition she needs. 

Related: Toddler Food Guide and FAQ

How can I be sure my baby is getting enough nutrition if she spits up a lot when she eats?

Adding rice cereal to infant formula increases the calorie content and changes the balance between protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Enfamil A.R. infant formula is nutritionally balanced and more convenient than mixing baby rice cereal with infant formula. And, Enfamil A.R. is clinically proven to reduce frequent spit up. It has added rice starch which allows the formula to become thicker in the stomach.

Related: Why Do Babies Spit Up

How do I know if my baby is still hungry?

If your baby is still hungry, she may cry, act restless, suck on her fists, smack her lips, or open her mouth while feeding.

Look for these signs to help you determine whether your baby is full: closed lips, turned head, decreased or discontinued sucking, spitting out the nipple, falling asleep, or increased interest in her surroundings during feeding.

Related: Signs of a Hungry Baby From Birth to 6 Months

How do I know when my baby is full from eating solid foods?

Your baby will exhibit certain behaviors once she's full. She may close or refuse to open her mouth, turn her head away or shake it. At the start of feeding, your baby may finish small portions quickly and accept more eagerly, but eating at a slower pace or pushing food away are indicators that she's had enough.

Related: Hungry or Full? How to Tell When Your Baby is Eating Solids

How to tell if baby is tired or hungry?

As a new parent, it may be challenging at first to translate what your baby is trying to tell you. Is she hungry? Is she tired? Over time, as you become more aware of your baby's habits and personality, determining her needs will become easier. Every baby's personality is different, but there are common cues to look for if you're not sure whether she's hungry or tired.

If your baby is hungry, she will most likely become fussy or restless. Her cries may also sound different. Hunger cries tend to be shorter and lower-pitched. If she's tired, she may rub her eyes, or clinch her fists.

Related: Weaning Your Baby

Is it true that babies aren't supposed to have honey?

Yes, babies should not have honey until their first birthday. Honey can cause botulism, a serious type of food poisoning.

Related: Infant Nutrition No-no's

Is my baby ready for cow's milk?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you wait until your baby's first birthday before giving her whole milk. Although cow's milk is fine for older children, it doesn't meet the nutritional needs of your baby during her important first year. For example, milk doesn't have the iron your baby needs. Plus, it's hard for her body to process.

Related: Infant Nutrition No-no's

My baby keeps grabbing food off my plate. Is she ready for solids?

Her eyes may be ready for solid foods, but her system is another story. Until about four to six months, most babies can only handle breast milk or formula. At around this time, your baby's head control and swallowing abilities may be ready for some iron-fortified baby rice cereal. Until then, keep your dinner out of arm's reach.

Related: Introducing Solid Foods

What are the different kinds of routine Enfamil® formula, and what are their benefits?

Enfamil® Infant is inspired by mature breast milk.

Enfamil® Infant has a Triple Health Guard® blend that helps support your baby's healthy brain development.

Enfamil® Infant® has DHA and choline, nutrients also found in breast milk, that support mental development.

Enfamil® NeuroPro™ Infant is an innovative, non-GMO* formula that has NeuroPro; a fat-protein blend of MFGM and DHA previously found only in breast milk in amounts supported by clinical research.

Enfamil® NeuroPro™ Infant is closer to breast milk than our previous formulations, Enfamil® PREMIUM® Infant, Enfamil® Infant, and Non-GMO* Enfamil® Infant.

*Ingredients not genetically engineered. For more information, visit enfamil.com/nonGMO.

Related: Non-GMO* Formulas: Commonly Asked Questions

What’s the difference between Enfamil PREMIUM® and Enfamil NeuroPro™?

 “NeuroPro™” in our product name means it has a fat-protein blend of MFGM and DHA in amounts supported by clinical research.1,2  

Our Enfamil® NeuroPro™ Infant and Enfamil NeuroPro™ Gentlease® have MFGM. Enfamil PREMIUM® Infant and Enfamil PREMIUM® Gentlease® do not have MFGM added as an ingredient.
 

Also, our Enfamil® NeuroPro™ Infant, Enfamil® NeuroPro™ Gentlease® Powder and Enfamil PREMIUM® Gentlease® Powder are non-GMO* products, while some of the ingredients in our Enfamil PREMIUM® Gentlease® RTU may be from genetically engineered sources.
 

1Timby N, Domellöf E, Hernell O, et al. Neurodevelopment, nutrition, and growth until 12 mo of age in infants fed a low-energy, low-protein formula supplemented with bovine milk fat globule membranes: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2014;99:860-868.

2 Colombo J, Carlson SE, Cheatham CL, et al. Long-term effects of LCPUFA supplementation on childhood cognitive outcomes. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013;98:403-412.
 

*Ingredients not genetically engineered. For more information visit Enfamil.com/nonGMO

When my baby starts solids, how much should I give her?

For the first four to six months, breast milk or formula will give your baby all the calories and nutrients she'll need. When her digestive system and chewing abilities seem up for the challenge, check with your baby's doctor about giving her some iron-fortified rice cereal. A few spoonfuls at first, then a couple of tablespoons several times a day. It's generally best to introduce one new food at a time about one week apart, to watch for allergic reactions.

Related: Hungry or Full? How to Tell When Your Baby is Eating Solids

Why can’t I find Enfamil PREMIUM® in stores anymore?

We began phasing out our Enfamil PREMIUM® Infant in the winter of 2017 due to the launch of Enfamil® NeuroPro™. Enfamil PREMIUM Infant will be available until stock has been depleted. 
 

Enfamil PREMIUM® Gentlease® powder was phased out in February 2018. When we launch Enfamil® NeuroPro™ Gentlease® Ready to Use Liquid in the late summer or fall of 2018, we will no longer have a Ready to Use option for Enfamil® Gentlease® Infant Formula or Enfamil PREMIUM® Gentlease® Infant Formula. Gentlease and Enfamil PREMIUM Gentlease Ready to Use Liquids will be available until stock has been depleted. 

Related: Enfamil PREMIUM just got better.

Why does an infant's diet need more fat than a toddler's?

Babies do need a higher fat diet than children. Fat provides about half the calories in breast milk. Fat provides a concentrated source of calories to help fuel the rapid growth and development of the first year of life.

Related: Dietary Fat and Toddlers

Will switching from Enfamil PREMIUM® to Enfamil NeuroPro™ cause any issues for my infant?

We would expect your little one to tolerate the Enfamil PREMIUM® and NeuroPro™ versions of the same product equally well. 

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