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How much food to give my baby?

Created by BabyCenter

Boys and girls need the same amount of food.

For the first 6 months of her life, all your baby needs is your breastmilk. After this, you can slowly increase the amount of food you give your baby. She still needs your breastmilk until she is 2 years old.

Here is how to slowly increase her food:

6 months old: Breastmilk is still your baby’s main food, but now she can start other foods. Feed your baby mashed family food twice a day. 2 mouthfuls is enough for each meal. Start with simple weaning foods like khichri, daal kapani and purees. You can feed your baby the same food that you and your family eat but make sure you mash the food well. Do not put salt or spices in foods for your baby.

8 months old: Your baby will need 3 meals a day. Slowly increase the amount of food she eats at every meal, to about 3 mouthfuls.

9 months old: By now, one of her meals needs to increase to the size of half a bowl (katori) of food. For her other 2 meals, still feed about 3 mouthfuls of food. By now she will be able to pick up her food. So give her small pieces of food to pick up like roti, bread, stuffed parantha or boiled vegetables.

10 months: Feed your baby 2 half bowls of food a day. For her other remaining meal, she only needs a few spoonfuls.

1 year: She will need 3 or 4 half bowls of food a day, with snacks. Over the next year, slowly fill up the bowl.

10 February 2015