Infant Meal Pattern Charts

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Birth – 5 months

6 – 11 months

4 – 6 fluid ounces breastmilk1 or formula2

2 – 4 fluid ounces breastmilk1 or formula2, and

 

0 – ½ slice bread3,4, or

0 – 2 crackers3,4, or

0 – 4 tablespoons infant cereal2,3,4 or

Ready-to-eat breakfast cereal3,4,5,6, and

 

0 – 2 tablespoons vegetable or fruit or a combination of both6.7

1 Breastmilk or formula, or portions of both, must be served; however, it is recommended that breastmilk be served in place of formula from birth through 11 months. For some breastfed infants who regularly consume less than the minimum amount of breastmilk per feeding, a serving of less than the minimum amount of breastmilk may be offered, with additional breastmilk offered at a later time if the infant will consume more.

2 Infant formula and dry infant cereal must be iron-fortified.

3 Beginning October 1, 2019, ounce equivalents are used to determine the quantity of creditable grains.

4 A serving of grains must be whole grain-rich, enriched meal, or enriched flour.

5 Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sucrose and other sugars per 100 grams of dry cereal).

6 A serving of this component is required when the infant is developmentally ready to accept it.

7 Fruit and vegetable juices must not be served.

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Birth – 5 months

6 – 11 months

4 – 6 fl oz breastmilk1

or formula2

2 – 4 fluid ounces breastmilk1 or formula2, and

 

0 – ½ slice bread3,4, or

0 – 2 crackers3,4, or

0 – 4 tablespoons infant cereal2,3,4 or

Ready-to-eat breakfast cereal3,4,5,6, and

 

0 – 2 tablespoons vegetable or fruit or a combination of both6.7

1 Breastmilk or formula, or portions of both, must be served; however, it is recommended that breastmilk be served in place of formula from birth through 11 months. For some breastfed infants who regularly consume less than the minimum amount of breastmilk per feeding, a serving of less than the minimum amount of breastmilk may be offered, with additional breastmilk offered at a later time if the infant will consume more.

2 Infant formula and dry infant cereal must be iron-fortified.

3 Beginning October 1, 2019, ounce equivalents are used to determine the quantity of creditable grains.

4 A serving of grains must be whole grain-rich, enriched meal, or enriched flour.

5 Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sucrose and other sugars per 100 grams of dry cereal).

6 A serving of this component is required when the infant is developmentally ready to accept it.

7 Fruit and vegetable juices must not be served.

Birth – 5 months

6 – 11 months

4 – 6 fl oz breastmilk1

or formula2

2 – 4 fluid ounces breastmilk1 or formula2, and

 

0 – ½ slice bread3,4, or

0 – 2 crackers3,4, or

0 – 4 tablespoons infant cereal2,3,4 or

Ready-to-eat breakfast cereal3,4,5,6, and

 

0 – 2 tablespoons vegetable or fruit or a combination of both6.7

1 Breastmilk or formula, or portions of both, must be served; however, it is recommended that breastmilk be served in place of formula from birth through 11 months. For some breastfed infants who regularly consume less than the minimum amount of breastmilk per feeding, a serving of less than the minimum amount of breastmilk may be offered, with additional breastmilk offered at a later time if the infant will consume more.

2 Infant formula and dry infant cereal must be iron-fortified.

3 Beginning October 1, 2019, ounce equivalents are used to determine the quantity of creditable grains.

4 A serving of grains must be whole grain-rich, enriched meal, or enriched flour.

5 Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sucrose and other sugars per 100 grams of dry cereal).

6 A serving of this component is required when the infant is developmentally ready to accept it.

7 Fruit and vegetable juices must not be served.

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