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Feeding Your Baby – Birth to 6 Months

Food to Offer Birth to 5 Months 6 Months
Breastfeeding On-Demand On-Demand
or Iron-Fortified End of 1st Mo.: 20-26 oz.
Infant Formula End of 2nd Mo.: 24-31 oz. End of 6th Mo.: 30-36 oz.
End of 3rd Mo.: 26-35 oz.
End of 4th Mo.: 30-39 oz.
End of 5th Mo.: 32-38 oz.
Iron Fortified Cereal 1/4-1/3 cup rice cereal
once or twice a day.
(Use some of recommended
breastmik or formula ounces
to mix with cereal)

This is a guide for when to add foods and how much to offer. Each age shows the foods to be offered over a 24- hour period. Keep in mind every baby is different. Your baby may take a little or more less than the amounts listed. This is normal. If you have questions about feeding your baby, ask your doctor or a dietitian.

Breasting feeding is the best way to feed your baby the whole first year. If you choose not to breastfeed offer your baby iron-fortified infant formula.

Newborns need to eat often – breastfeed babies every 2 to 3 hours around the clock and bottlefed babies every 3 to 4 hours. Babies eating this often do not need extra water. Breastmilk/formula is all babies need to grow in the 1st 6 months.

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