Newborn Feeding Guidelines

Every baby is unique; therefore, the following suggested serving sizes are only general guidelines. As time goes by you will become aware of your baby’s signals regarding interest in eating and when he or she is finished eating. When adding new foods such as vegetables, grains, fruits or meats, it is recommended to add only one new food every four days. This will enable you to monitor how your child is tolerating a specific food.

AGE: 0-6 Months
For the first four to six months of life breast milk is the recommended sole source of nutrition for your infant. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants that are solely or partially breastfed receive 400 IU of vitamin D from oral supplement drops to prevent rickets; a bone-softening disease that causes the severe bowing of the legs, poor growth and sometimes muscle pain and weakness. Supplementation should continue until your child is taking 32 ounces of either vitamin D fortified formula or milk (milk is NOT recommended before one year of age). Please discuss what supplementation option will be right for your child with his or her pediatrician.

Age 1 Month 1-2 Months 2-3 Months 3-6 Months
Suggested Serving Size 1-4 ounces 3-5 ounces 4-7 ounces 6-8 ounces
Daily Servings 8-12 feedings 6-8 feedings 5-7 feedings 4-6 feedings

Around six months of age it is recommended to add complementary foods that are rich in iron, such as iron-fortified rice cereal, to your infants diet. For feeding guidelines beyond six months of age discuss with your baby’s physician.

Recommended Resources
Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health
by Susan B. Roberts, PhD and Melvin B. Heyman, MD

How to Get Your Kid to Eat, But Not Too Much
by Ellyn Satter, RD

Child of Mine, Feeding with Love and Good Sense
by Ellyn Satter, RD
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website for general nutrition recommendations as well as specific nutrition and diet information for breastfeeding mothers and young children.


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