Baby Feeding Guide: Infant Nutrition and Introducing Solids

Feeding Baby MainDid you know that babies grow more in their first year than in any other year of their life, about 10 inches and triple their birth weight? OK, so maybe that isn’t really that surprising, but how much do you know about your baby’s feeding development, infant nutrition and introducing solids? Take a look at our helpful guide about what to feed your baby during the first year that Kara Gann, a Clinical Dietitian at Children’s Medical Center, helped us put together.

Infant Nutrition and What to Feed Your Baby During the First Year

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3 Responses to Baby Feeding Guide: Infant Nutrition and Introducing Solids

  1. Margarett RBC Zavodny August 14, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Breastfeeding should be on demand, NOT numbered feedings. Strained foods and spoon feeding are not necessary. When baby can sit unassisted in a high chair, has lost tongue thrust reflex, and can.use pincer grasp to self-feed, offer small pieces of table food only after a full nursing. Breastmilk or formula should be the main source of calories through the first year. Iron fortified cereal binds to the iron in breastmilk so that none is absorbed, causing anemia.

  2. Lauren Chappell August 12, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    The AAP recommends to start any baby solids around six months, not four. Parents need to be given the proper information as recommendations have changed over time.

    • Jay Mize August 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

      We spoke with our clinical nutrition experts, and this is what they said:

      The table is meant for both breastfed and formula fed infants – and the important message is about knowing when your child is developmentally appropriate, not solely based on age.

      Typically, the developmental stages of readiness for solids occurs between 4 to 6 months of age. We often find families introduce solids before 4 months of age, which can be very harmful for the child, and was a big reason for spreading more knowledge about the developmental stages.

      The AAP does recommend exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months (AAP, 2012). Recommendations for human milk are based on recognized benefits to infant nutrition and gastrointestinal and immune functions as well as potential impact on neurodevelopment and development of chronic diseases of childhood (AAP, 2009).

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