Common Feeding Mistakes
Microwaves – Don’t microwave plastic containers that aren’t BPA safe.
Time is on your side – Don’t rush new foods; make sure you take a few days in between each introduction.
Weaning – Don’t stop breastfeeding before you’re ready; it doesn’t matter what your friends are doing. Make the decision that’s right for you and baby.
Salt and sugar – There is no need to add salt or sugar to homemade baby foods like purees or mashed blends.
Bad teeth – Don’t let baby fall asleep with a sippy cup or bottle as the sugars in formula, juice and milk can cause cavities.
Foods to avoid
- Honey: Should be avoided the first year due to botulism
- Peanut butter: Should be avoided until baby is 1-2 years old due to possible allergies
- Tree nuts: Hold off for 1-2 years, may cause allergies or choking
- Citrus or acidic fruits: Avoid till baby is 6-12 months, may cause rash or upset stomach
- Raw strawberries, raspberries, blackberries: Wait to try until 6-12 months, but blueberries and cranberries are fine
- Egg whites: hold off till your little one is 1; older infants may have baked goods containing egg whites
- Whole milk: Baby must be at least 1. They’ll have a difficult time digesting the proteins before that.
- Wheat: Baby should be 9-10 months before wheat is introduced. If baby has had no issues with barley or oats, wheat may be tried at 8 months.
- Grapes: May cause a choking hazard before baby is 1 year old.
- Shellfish: Needs to be avoided until baby is 1, due to possible allergic reactions.
How much breast milk should your child still drink?
Solids should never be a substitute for breast milk or formula in the early months. Think of solids as an addition, like the basket of rolls at a restaurant that you try not to fill up on!
When you first introduce solids between 4-6 months, baby should be drinking 5-7 ounces of breast milk every 4-5 hours. That’s about 5 times a day.
Between 6-12 months, baby goes through the same amount of formula or breast milk per day, only less often. This means baby should be drinking about 24-32 ounces over 4 feedings per day (7-8 ounces every 6 hours).
After baby is 12 months, you may decide to continue to breast feed, but solids will generally take over as the major source of nutrition for your infant. Babies should be weaned from bottles and formula at 12 months, unless otherwise specified by a doctor.
How much water/milk/liquids will they still need?
Baby will continue to need to nurse or be fed formula during the early months of her life. It isn’t until the baby reaches 1 year of age that formula and breast milk can be replaced by solids completely.
It will be important that baby remains hydrated, even after the breast milk or formula run dry.
You’ll want to wait until your baby is about 6 months before offering her water, and even then you’ll want to limit the intake so she doesn’t fill up. After baby turns 1 year old, she may have as much water as she likes.
Experts suggest no more than 24 ounces of cow’s milk per day after baby turns 1, and no more than a single cup of juice a day.