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TABLE E-1 Current Infant Meal Pattern for Breakfast

Food Components

Birth through 3 Months

4–7 Months

8–11 Months

Formulaa or breast milkb,c (fl oz)

4–6

4–8

6–8

Infant cereala (T)

 

0–3d

2–4

Fruit or vegetable or both (T)

 

 

1–4

NOTE: fl oz = fluid ounce; T = tablespoon.

aInfant formula and dry cereal must be iron-fortified.

bBreast milk or formula, or portions of both, may be served; however, it is recommended that breast milk be served in place of formula from birth through 11 months.

cFor some breastfed infants who regularly consume less than the minimum amount of breast milk per feeding, a serving of less than the minimum amount of breast milk may be offered, with additional breast milk offered if the infant is still hungry.

dA serving of this component is required when the infant is developmentally ready to accept it.

SOURCE: Adapted from USDA/FNS, 2010.

TABLE E-2 Current Infant Meal Pattern for Lunch or Supper

Food Components

Birth through 3 Months

4–7 Months

8–11 Months

Formulaa or breast milkb,c (fl oz)

4–6

4–8

6–8

Infant cereala (T)

 

0–3d

2–4

Fruit or vegetable or both (T)

 

0–3d

1–4e

Meat/meat alternated

 

 

 

Meat, fish, poultry, egg yolk, cooked dry beans or peas (T)

 

 

1–4e

Cheese (oz)

 

 

½–2e

Cottage cheese (oz, volume)

 

 

1–4e

Cheese food or cheese spread (oz, weight)

 

 

1–4e

NOTE: fl oz = fluid ounce; oz = ounce; T = tablespoon.

aInfant formula and dry cereal must be iron-fortified.

bBreastmilk or formula, or portions of both, may be served; however, it is recommended that breast milk be served in place of formula from birth through 11 months.

cFor some breastfed infants who regularly consume less than the minimum amount of breast milk per feeding, a serving of less than the minimum amount of breast milk may be offered, with additional breast milk offered if the infant is still hungry.

dA serving of this component is required when the infant is developmentally ready to accept it.

eMenu for infants ages 8–11 months may include infant cereal and/or a meat/meat alternate.

SOURCE: Adapted from USDA/FNS, 2010.



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