The first years of a child’s life are critical. They grow rapidly during this time. To help children prevent malnutrition, we need to give them a sufficient amount of calories.
However, because each child is different, each child’s needs for calories and menu are different. No recipe is perfect. Infants should be fed on demand.
Infants are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. If desired, you can use formula milk instead of breast milk.
After six months of age, your infants can use solid foods in addition to breast milk or formula. Usually, parents can give their infant cereal first; Then, when the newborn is ready, soft fruits and vegetables can be added simultaneously.
At around eight months of age, your baby can use strained meats and finger foods. After that, except for cow’s milk, honey, citrus fruits, nuts, peanut butter, eggs and seafood, other soft foods may be used in a child’s meal. Your child can eat these things after he or she is one year old.
The CDC provides growth charts to help track an infant’s growth pattern like weight, height, and head circumference. If your baby grows at an appropriate pace like other infants the same age, he will likely consume a sufficient amount of calories.
Every infant has a different grows pace and has different calorie requirements. Although calorie recommendations are available for infants, you should not count calories.
Breastfed babies may need lower calorie requirements if they can completely digest and absorb breast milk.
Until the age of six months, each child needs 50 to 55 calories per pound of bodyweight every day.
After that, they need about 45 calories/pound/day, according to The Merck Online Medical Library.
According to the NIH, a newborn needs to nurse every two to four hours (About 8 to 12 times a day).
When a child is four months old, he needs to nurse four to six times per day. After six months of age, the frequency is three to five times per day. You should give him some solid foods this time.
When a child is eight to twelve months old, it’s three to four times per day.
If your infant is consuming formula milk, he needs 2 to 3 ounces at every feeding. Every day, he needs 16 to 24 ounces of formula.
At 4 to 6 months of age, he will need 28 to 45 ounces of formula per day.
You should offer him formula milk three to five times/day at 6 to 8 months old and three to four times/day at 8 to 12 months old.
As with breast milk, solid foods should be offered at six months old.