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Infant Feeding Guide

Feeding guide your child's first 4 months:

Do not give solid foods unless your baby's physician advises you to do so. Solid foods should not be started before 4 months of age for the following reasons:

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all infants, children, and adolescents take in enough vitamin D through supplements, formula, or cow's milk to prevent complications from deficiency of this vitamin. In November, 2008, the AAP updated its recommendations for daily intake of vitamin D for healthy infants, children, and adolescents. It is now recommended that the minimum intake of vitamin D for these groups should be 400 international units (IU) per day, beginning soon after birth. Your baby's physician can recommend the proper type and amount of vitamin D supplement for your baby.

Guide for Formula Feeding (0 to 5 Months)


Amount of Formula Per Feeding

Number of Feedings Per 24 Hours

1 month

2 to 4 ounces

6 to 8 times

2 months

5 to 6 ounces

5 to 6 times

3 to 5 months

6 to 7 ounces

5 to 6 times

Feeding tips for your child:

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