Birth-6 months of age

NUTRITION & CHILDREN

 

Birth To Six Months Of Age

 

Introduction

 

During the first four to six months of life, infants need only breast milk or other milk (if breast milk cannot be offered for some reason) to meet all their nutritional needs. Exclusive breastfeeding is  recommended for the first 6 months of life although a fortified formula can adequately meet the babies nutritional needs.

 

If breastfeeding, a newborn may need to be nursed eight to twelve times per day (every 2 to 4 hours) on demand. By four months, the baby is likely to cut back to four to six times per day, however the quantity of breast milk consumed at each feeding will increase.

 

Formula fed babies may need to eat about six to eight times per day.As with breastfeeding, the number of feedings will decrease as the baby gets older. Routine check-ups with your physician to monitor your child’s growth will ensure they are adequately nourished.

 

After 4-6 months of age complementary semisolid foods are gradually added while breast feeding is continued.