Preview the new Recipes for Growing Me ~9 months edition!
November 30, 2020
Image: How much to feed a baby can vary depending on whether they are breastfeeding or using formula
There’s no doubt, being a first-time parent can be stressful. With so many new things to consider; knowing if your baby is eating enough is just one of the many concerns you might have. You’ll often hear experts (including parents!) say that newborns will typically have feedings every 2-3 hours. But, how much per feeding? And how does this change as they get older? In this month’s blog, our goal is to simplify the guidelines on how much to feed your baby, starting from birth to 12-months-old.
It’s important to maintain the division of responsibility when feeding: the caregiver is responsible for what to eat (offering appropriate variety and textures) and the child is responsible for deciding whether to eat and how much. Introducing a baby to solids too early (younger than 4 months old) risks the baby getting less breast milk/formula; therefore, decreasing receiving optimal benefits such as protection against infection. Starting your baby on solids too early may also result in poor feeding experiences and/or increased weight gain in both infancy and early childhood. For further reading on this topic, see our June 2020 blog on What is Responsive Feeding?
Image: Measuring food portions is an easy way to monitor what you’re feeding your baby and how much
Feeding Guide for Baby’s First YearThe following is a helpful guide to break down feeding amounts and frequency by age. Here’s a quick and helpful conversion table:
NewbornBreastmilk: ~ 2-3 hours, 1-2oz/feedingFormula: ~ 3-4 hours; 2-3oz/feeding
2 MonthsBreastmilk: ~3-4 hours; 4-5oz/feedingFormula: ~3-4 hours; 4-5 oz/feeding
3-5 MonthsBreastmilk: ~4-5 hours; 4-7oz/feedingFormula: ~4-5 hours; 4-7oz/feedingNote: complementary feeding usually begins around 6 months
6-8 MonthsBreastmilk: ~3-4 hours; 4-8oz/feeding Formula: 3-4 hours; 4-8oz/feedingMeals: offer ~2 meals/daySample Lunch: 1 tbsp cooked veggies, 1tbsp shredded cheese, ½ piece of sliced toastNote: roughly 1/5 of daily food intake will come from complementary foods
9-12 monthsBreastmilk: ~4-5 hours; 4-6 oz/feeding Formula: ~4-5 hours; 4-6 oz/feedingMeals: offer 2-3 meals and 1-2 snacks/daySample Lunch: ¼ - ½ cup of fruit; 1 egg cooked and chopped; ¼ cup of riceNote: roughly ½ of daily food intake will come from complementary foods
12 monthsContinue to follow your child’s cues for breastfeedingOffer: 3 meals and 2 snacks/day Goal/day: 3 oz grains, 1 cup fruits and veggies, 2 oz proteinsSample Lunch: ¼ cup fruit; 1 oz thinly sliced meat; ½ slice of toast
[i] [ii] [iii] [iv] [v] [vi]
Have you missed one of our blogs?For more information on first foods and feeding considerations, we encourage you to explore additional topics in our Hello Mama! blog series:When Should Babies Start Eating Solids?Why Does my Baby Need a Vitamin D Supplement?Pros and Cons of Homemade Baby FoodEating a Rainbow of Foods: Why this is ImportantThe Importance of Texture in Your Baby’s Diet
Image: Encourage healthy food choices by sharing these foods with your children!
Tidbit for Your Tiny OneResearch suggests that if you want to encourage healthy eating patterns, it is important to model that behaviour. There is a correlation of parental eating habits and children’s eating behaviours. Children like to imitate their parents so we need to be mindful of what we are eating, especially during the first stages of complementary feeding, as this critical period lays the foundation of lifelong healthy habits. [vii]
In baby’s first cookbook (age ~6 months), we introduced “Q is for Questions”—first-time parents might wonder about when introducing their baby to possible first foods. Next in the series, Recipes for Growing Me ~9-months introduces food textures, while highlighting food portions and the sources they come from.
Q is for...questionsHere’s an important questionThat so many people wonderHow much complementary foodIs required for my hunger?From 6 to 8 months oldOne-fifth should come fromcomplementary feedingsThen by 9 to 12 months oldOne-half will keep me seeding
We hope we’ve contributed something beneficial to your diet, and remember…don’t hog the blog!Share it with new moms today! Have a bloomin’ day,Sarah & Karen
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[i] Parents. (2020). Baby feeding chart for the first year. https://www.parents.com/baby/feeding/solid-foods/feeding-portions-menu/
[ii] Parents (2020). How much and when to feed baby. https://www.parents.com/baby/feeding/how-much-and-when-to-feed-baby/
[iii] Government of Canada, (2015). Nutrition for healthy term infants: Recommendations from 6 to 24 months. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/canada-food-guide/resources/infant-feeding/nutrition-healthy-term-infants-recommendations-birth-six-months/6-24-months.html
[iv] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (2018). How much and how often to breastfeed. https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/InfantandToddlerNutrition/breastfeeding/how-much-and-how-often.html
[v] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (2018). How much and how often to feed infant formula. https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/infantandtoddlernutrition/formula-feeding/how-much-how-often.html
[vi] John Hopkins Medicine, (2020). Feeding guide for the first year. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/feeding-guide-for-the-first-year
[vii] Hart, C., Raynor, H.A., Jelallian, E., Drotar, D., (2010). The association of maternal food intake and infants’ and toddlers’ food intake. Child: care, health and development. Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 36, 3, 396-403.
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