Infant Nutrition (birth to 12 months of age)

It’s never too early to set the stage for nutritious eating habits for healthy kids. Even in infancy, feeding choices can have a lifetime impact on health and weight.

Determining the most appropriate way to feed your baby can be challenging whether you decide to breastfeed or bottle-feed. SO Nutrition can help guide you through this exciting and challenging time and put your newborn on the path to being a “healthy kid” in today’s society.

Nutritional Needs of Infants

Bringing your newborn home can be both scary and exciting. Knowing how to provide the right nutrients promoting proper growth and health is important. Decisions whether to breast-feed or offer formula can be confusing. You can rest at easy to know that this decision needs to be right for you and your family and either choice can provide all the nutrients your baby needs for the first 6 months. Protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals all are present in both types of milk. Additionally, breast milk contains immune booster proteins that are not present in formula.

Each baby is different and they all present unique requirements. It is known that infants can regulate their specific nutritional intake by sensing more or less formula or human milk requirements. This is inherit and natural response empowers them to get the correct amount of energy, proteins, fats and minerals. When your baby is full, he or she has a beacon for food consumption.

Introducing Solids to Your Infant

Breastfeeding is encouraged. The more breast milk your infant has, the more the possibility to shore up their immune system. There is no need to supplement their diet if you are breastfeeding or providing infant formula. Your baby will obtain all their nutritional needs until the age of 6 months. At this point, they are ready to begin a slow path of introduction to solid foods.

If you need support with infant food choices or just wanting to make sure your new baby is getting all the nutrition he or she needs, call So Nutrition to provide a registered dietitian approach to your optimal solutions.

To learn more about how to care for your new infant’s nutrition, give us a call at (281) 684-4733 or fill out our form below.