- Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:46
Congratulations! Your baby has reached a very important milestone. This is a time when your infant will explore new tastes and textures and is a great time for you to encourage healthy eating.
How Much Should Your Baby Eat?
- Breastmilk or formula should be offered first since breastfeeding/formula is the main source of nutrition at this time.
- Begin introducing a variety of foods. Introducing iron-rich foods like (whole grain) cereal, lean meats, fish, green leafy vegetables and cooked beans is recommended since baby's iron stores deplete between 4 to 6 months of age.
- Start introducing approximately a small amount of the desired food initially (about a teaspoon to a tablespoon depending on your baby) and gradually increase to about a half of a cup a day as your baby tolerates. It's important to watch your baby for signs of fullness. Remember, your baby may need eat all of the feeding each feeding and that is ok. Each baby is unique and every feeding is a different experience.
- Offer food initially once a day and gradually increase to 2 times per day as tolerated.
- Breastmilk or formula is still very important at this time and is still considered the main source of nuitrition.
Iron-fortified rice cereal (preferably whole grain) such as:
- Brown rice cereal
- Oatmeal cereal
- Barely cereal
Stage 1 baby foods foods are single ingredient foods that are pureed, easy to digest and are preservative and additive free. These foods are considered the least allergenic.Examples of Stage 1 foods include:
- Avocado- may be given raw
- Bananas- may be given raw
- Green beans
- Sweet potatoes
- Fruits (cooked)
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Providing nutritious foods early on will help your baby develop a broad palate. Remember, babies may not like a food on the first go-around, but keep trying. It is said that it can take 15-20 times before a baby begins to like a particular flavor....so don't give up and have fun!
Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST