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Ten Steps for Feeding Babies (0-12 months)

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Feeding can be a rewarding and enjoyable bonding experience for you and your baby. In the first 12 months babies will develop many fundamental skills and form a relationship with food. From initial milk feeds to the transition to solid food, all stages are critical in providing the best start to life.

Ten Steps for Feeding Babies (0-12 months)

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1. Breastfeeding helps protect your baby from illness

it may take time for you both to learn how it works best for you - ask for help if you need it  

2. Give breast milk, the best option, or infant formula for at least 12 months


3.  Begin a vitamin D supplement from birth

as milk and foods do not necessarily provide enough


4.  Let your baby decide how much milk to drink 

Offer a feed when your baby is hungry and remember babies cry for reasons other than hunger


5. Begin to offer food alongside their milk feeds, by six months but not before four months

when you think your baby is ready for more


6. Offer high iron foods from beginning of complementary feeding

(weaning) - meat, oily fish, eggs, pulses and nut butters


7. Offer spoon-feeding soft finger foods and a cup of water

at all meals so that your baby develops all their feeding skills


8.  Stop feeding when your baby shows you he or she has had enough

by keeping his mouth closed or turning away from food or milk


9.  Introduce allergenic foods one at a time, from four to six months 

yogurt, cheese, egg, nut butters, fish, wheat-based foods and foods with soya or sesame


10. Move onto thick mash with soft lumps between six and eight months

and onto minced and chopped family foods and firm finger foods between nine and 12 months



Ten Steps for Feeding Babies

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