Nutrition in the First Year
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Nutrition in the First Year

Here you will find quick tips and resources for parents and caregivers about feeding babies in their first year.

Breastfeeding

  • In the first 6 months of life, babies only need breastmilk. No other foods or liquids are needed.
  • Give your breastfeeding baby a 400 IU liquid vitamin D supplement every day.
  • If it works for your family, continue to breastfeed until 2 years or beyond.

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Breastmilk Substitutes

  • If your baby is not exclusively breastfed, they need a store-bought infant formula until 9-12 months.
  • It is important to follow manufacturer instructions to prepare formula safely for your baby
  • Evaporated milk, low-fat milks and other drinks are not good for baby’s growth and brain development.

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Feeding Babies 6 – 12 Months

  • Start offering your baby solids at about 6 months, a couple times per day.
  • At this age, your baby needs iron-rich foods. Great iron-iron rich foods first foods include meats, chicken, fish, lentils, beans, tofu or iron-fortified infant cereals.
  • Start with lumpy, minced or mashed foods, and as your baby learns to manage more textures, offer diced, grated and chopped soft pieces.
  • Your baby may eat a little or a lot. It is up to your baby to decide how much to eat.

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