Feeding Guidelines for Infants to Preschool

For Children Under 12 Months of Age

Children should be exclusively breast or formula fed until four to six months old, at which point complimentary foods can be introduced depending on their developmental abilities.  Introduce one new food every three to four days to make sure there is no allergic reaction.  Do not give honey or cow milk to infants under 12 months old.


For Children Over 12 Months Old

Food Groups and Number of Daily ServingsAge 12- 23 MonthsAge 2-4 YearsAge 4-6 Years

Milk and Milk Products

4 Servings

4-6 ounces whole milk and milk products including yogurt4-6 ounces whole or low fat milk and milk products including yogurt4-8 ounces low fat milk and milk products
Meat and Other Protein Foods
2 Servings
Includes beef, chicken, pork, poultry, eggs, peanut butter and legumes
½- 1 ounce meat or egg; ¼ cup legumes½- 1 ½ ounces meat or egg; ¼ cup legumes; 1 tablespoon peanut butter1-2 ounces meat or egg, ¼ – ½ cup legumes, 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter
Breads, Cereals and Starches
4 or More Servings
Includes whole grain breads, infant and cooked cereals, rice, pasta, ready to eat cereal
½- 1 slice bread,  ¼- ½ cup cereals, rice and pasta¾ – 1 slice bread, 1/3 – ¾ cup cereals, rice, and pasta1-2 slices bread, ½ – 1 cup cereals, rice, and pasta
Fruits and Vegetables
4 or More Servings
Includes one source of Vitamin C daily (citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, berries)  and Vitamin A every other day (dark green and yellow fruits and vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and melons)
3 ounces juice (limit to one serving) and 1-2 tablespoons fruits &/or vegetables3-4 ounces juice (limit to one serving) and about 2-4 tablespoons fruits &/or vegetables4 ounces juice (limit to one serving) or 4 or more tablespoons fruits &/or vegetables
Fats and Oils
3 servings
Do not limit unless otherwise advised1-3 teaspoons1-3 teaspoons
Use sparingly
Includes jams, jellies, soft drinks, candy and sweets
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