For about the first 6 months, breastmilk offers all that a child needs nutritionally.
Around 6 months other foods should be slowly introduced.
A suggested course of introduction is:
First 6 months: breast milk
Around 6 months: cereals, including some iron-fortified ones
6-8 months: fruits and vegetables
7-10 months: protein foods (soy, legumes)
12+ months: wheat, dairy, nut butters, egg white
If growth is consistent, according to your physician, then quantity of food consumed is not as important as quality – make every bite count! Be aware that vegetarian children are generally lighter than their omnivorous counterparts.
Try to limit high fibre foods and be sure to include high calorie ones (i.e. bran muffin vs avocado).
Before giving your infant any nutritional supplements (such as vitamin D or iron), speak with a qualified professional regarding their appropriateness and dosage.
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Stacelynn Caughlan is a Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Herbalist who specializes in Prenatal and Pediatric Health.