The Early Months (0-6 months)
Unlimited breastfeeding in the beginning, about 8-12 times per day, and about 6-8 times per day for babies closer to 6 months.
Breastfeeding Basics :
- Why not
- Make sure to have patience with yourself and with your baby, especially in the beginning.
- Making milk is easy! Especially when you use skin-to-skin contact.
- Lean on others when times get tough; search zipmilk for Lactation Consultants, La Leche League meetings, WIC offices, and other breastfeeding support groups. For questions, check out the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition.
Other liquids: If baby is not breastfeeding, most babies at this age drink 21-29 ounces of formula daily. Breastmilk or formula meets all of baby's fluid needs, so he doesn't need any other liquids yet.
Signs of readiness for solid food: When baby is sitting up on his own or reaching for your food, he is ready to begin solid food! Try just one new food to start, and continue to introduce one new food every few days.
Middle Months (6-8 months)
Continue to offer breastmilk or formula. Most babies still nurse 6 or more times per day. If you are not breastfeeding, you can expect your baby's needs to increase to 27-32 ounces of formula per day.
Textures: Babies may be ready for a little lumpier consistency with solid foods now. If you are making your own foods, puree them a little less than before.
Utensils: Try offering a cup for any extra fluids, like water or juice. It might be messy at first, but let baby practice their skills. By offering baby solids with a bowl and spoon, you will strengthen their coordination and ability to eat.
Older Babies (9-12 months)
At this stage, babies may be breastfeeding 4 or more times per day, or taking 24-28 ounces of formula daily.
Solids : Right now, baby can basically eat what the rest of the family is eating, although a softer texture or cooked for a few more minutes. Continue to avoid any foods that would cause choking or allergies, such as raw vegetables, nuts, egg whites, hot dogs, and grapes.
Other liquids: By one year, try to offer all liquids in a cup or hard-top sippy cup. The only exception might be breastmilk right from the source.
Physical Activity is just as important as nutrition in keeping your child healthy.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.
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