Are you wondering how much milk to feed your baby? Or if you need to add vitamins? Ask Registered Dietitian, Vanessa T., how to make sure your infant if getting the proper nutrition.
Hi my baby is 9 months old and I’ve been feeding her breakfast, lunch and dinner in between her four bottles. For breakfast she usually has eggs and fruit (fresh or a pouch), lunch she has peanut butter on bread or cheese melted on bread and a yogurt and dinner she usually has whatever we are having- she’s had fish, chicken, etc. and veggies (pouch or fresh). Now since I’m feeding her so much food she only has about 16-20 oz of formula/day. Is this okay?? Do you think she’s getting enough vitamins? Do you have any other food suggestions? Thank you!!
It sounds like you have a good eater! I think you are doing a great job of providing balanced food options throughout the day for your little one. 16-24 ounces of formula or breast milk is the goal at this age, so you are right on track. Her micronutrient needs (vitamins, minerals) are being met - mostly with formula at this point but also with fruits, veggies, proteins and healthy fat sources.
At this age, the most common nutrient deficiencies are iron and calcium. Offering a variety of animal protein, beans and dark green veggies can help to meet iron needs. Calcium from formula, yogurt and other dairy will help meet calcium needs.
The best thing you can do at this stage is to work on variety. Offer new and different fruits, veggies, fats and proteins so she learns to like a variety of foods and can get lots of all the different vitamins and minerals healthy foods have to offer!