Feeding Your Infant

Janis Hunter
Home & Garden Information Center

The first year of life is a time of rapid growth when most babies triple their birth weight. To develop to their fullest potential, babies need to get proper nourishment. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dietetic Association and other health organizations recommend exclusive breastfeeding, or nursing, for the first six months of a baby’s life. Breast milk is the perfect food and is made especially for your baby, but infant formula will provide adequate nutrition, also.

Experts recommend adding complementary foods when a baby is ready and continuing to breastfeed until a baby is at least one year old. Infants are often developmentally ready to gradually accept complementary foods between four and six months of age. To learn more about what to feed an infant as well as when and how to introduce new foods, and which foods to avoid, see HGIC 4100, Feeding Your Infant.

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