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From birth up to 6 months

Good nutrition is essential for the growth and development that occurs during an infant’s first year of life. When developing infants are fed the appropriate types and amounts of foods, their health is promoted. Positive and supportive feeding attitudes and techniques demonstrated by the caregiver help infants develop healthy attitudes toward foods, themselves, and others.

During the first 6 months, your baby’s diet should exclusively be milk until weaning begins. It is not safe to wean before 4 months and if possible breast milk remains the best choice when feeding a newborn baby. Formula milk should be used when breast feeding is not sufficient or possible.

Doses for bottle-feeding

The following amounts are an approximate guide and can vary from baby to baby.
First two weeks from birth: 90 ml of milk 6 times a day.
First month (from birth to 1 month): 120 ml of milk 6 times a day.
Second month (from 1 month to 2 months): 150mls of milk 6 times a day.
Third month (from 2 months to 3 months): 180mls of milk 5 times a day.
Fourth month (from 3 months to 4 months): 180mls of milk 5 times a day.
Fifth and sixth month (from 4 months to 6 months): 210mls of milk 5 times a day.

Practical advice

The volume suggested for each feeding-bottle can be adapted more or less according to the appetite of your child, while remaining within reasonable limits (30 ml of water + 1 level scoop of  formula milk powder). Never force your child to finish his/her feeding-bottle.

Allow for pauses during a feed to wind your baby and especially at the end. The duration of a feed is variable, but should not exceed 45 min. Feeds are approximately 3 hours apart, however your baby may vary slightly so be guided by them, but do not allow a new born baby to go any longer than 6 hours without a feed.

Milk terminology

From birth up to 6 months: Infant formula
From 6 months up to 12 months: Follow on formula
From 12 months up to 3 years: Growing up formula for infants and young children.


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