Choosing how to feed your baby has life-long effects for your baby and for you. What
you have seen and learned about infant feeding from your family, friends, and teachers
is likely to influence your attitude and perceptions. Whether you definitely plan
to breastfeed or you are still unsure, consider the fact that your milk is the best
milk for your baby. It is the ideal first food for your baby’s first several months.
Babies who take enough iron-fortified infant formula (over 1 liter a day) usually
don’t need vitamin and mineral supplements. Fluoride is sometimes needed after 6 months
of age if the water supply doesn’t have enough fluoride. Talk with your baby’s healthcare
provider about the need for fluoride supplements. If your baby is breastfed or still
too small to drink enough formula, ask your baby’s healthcare provider about vitamin
Breast milk is best for your baby. It is beneficial even if you breastfeed for only
a short amount of time, or part-time.
Cow’s milk-based infant formula with iron should be offered as the first choice of
formula if you do not breastfeed.
Keep your baby on breast milk or infant formula until they are 1 year old.
Start solid foods when your baby can hold up their head, sit up with support, and
no longer has tongue thrusting (around 6 months).
When starting solids, start with your choice of single ingredient pureed baby food
or infant cereal. It can be mixed with breast milk or formula and fed from a spoon.
Don't give solids in the bottle or with an infant feeder.
Once your baby is tolerating 1 food, continue to offer other foods, including infant
cereal, vegetables, fruits, and meats.
Ask your baby’s healthcare provider about the best way to add new foods to your baby’s
Progress in the texture of foods so that your baby is eating table foods by their
Don't give these foods to your baby during the first year of life:
Honey or foods made with honey
Foods that can be easily choked on (like hot dogs, nuts, grapes, raisins, chips, raw
vegetables, or popcorn)
Unless your baby is known to have or has severe allergies (for instance, breaking
out in hives, vomiting, or having trouble breathing), you can introduce whole eggs
and peanut butter at a young age—even at 4 to 6 months. Research shows it can reduce
the chance of your baby developing allergies to these foods. But testing for a peanut
allergy is advised for babies with severe eczema, an egg allergy, or both. Talk to
your baby’s healthcare provider about whether these foods are appropriate for your
Don't give your infant fruit juice in the first year of life, unless your child's
healthcare provider advises otherwise.