Now that my baby is starting solids, I want to make sure she continues to get the nutrition she needs. How do I start?
Begin by ensuring that breastmilk or iron-fortified formula remains your baby’s main source of nutrition for the first year. As you add solid foods to her diet, nutrition will come from a variety of pureed meats/poultry, fruits, vegetables, and grains.
When feeding your baby, each feeding should consist of about 4 to 5 ounces of breastmilk or formula. (Your baby may drink about 24 to 30 ounces each day.) When your little one starts solid foods, you might start by adding a single-grain cereal to her diet. Then try pureed meats/poultry, fruits, and vegetables. Serving a variety of fruits and vegetables now will help start her on the path of good eating habits that will last a lifetime.
That’s why it’s important to understand the appropriate healthy food choices as your baby goes along the solid-food journey. We want to help you confidently move from one feeding stage to the next by providing you with stage-specific menus—each one planned by our team of nutrition and feeding experts.
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