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Overall message -detail 6 months
6-24 months
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Media information for National Nutrition Week 2011

Feeding Smart from the Start.
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Overall message detail - 6 - 24 months of age

At six months start with 2 meals a day, with regular breastfeeding. Increase to 5 small meals (including snacks) a day, with continued breastfeeding by 10 months. Continue with these regular small meals and breastfeeding until your baby is two years old.

Babies aged 6 – 8 months should receive 2 – 3 meals per day, and continued breastfeeding.  Initially the serving size will be small, with 2 – 3 teaspoons of soft foods per meal. By the time your baby is 8 months old the volume will be about half to two thirds of a cup.  Depending on the baby’s appetite, 1 – 2 snacks may be given, such as pieces of fruit, cheese, yogurt or bread.

From 9 – 11 months of age, your baby should receive 3 – 4 meals per day, of finely chopped or mashed food and foods that the baby can pick up.  About half to three quarters cup of food per meal should be given.  Depending on the baby’s appetite, 1 – 2 snacks may be given.

Children aged 12 – 23 months should receive 3 – 4 meals per day.  They should be given a full cup of family food, chopped or mashed only if necessary.  Depending on the child’s appetite, 1 – 2 snacks may be given.

Breastfeeding should continue with complementary feeding up to 2 years of age or beyond, and it should be on demand, as often as the child wants.  The nutritional contribution through breastfeeding is especially evident during periods of illness, when the child’s appetite for other foods decreases but breast milk intake is maintained.   It plays a key role in preventing dehydration and providing the nutrients required for recovery from infections.