How much food to feed your baby at 6-7 months / 8 months / 9-11 months
While feeding your baby, understanding how much food he/she needs can be tricky.
May 24, 2016
While feeding your baby, understanding how much food he/she needs can be tricky. With a little knowledge and observation, you will easily be able to identify when you have fed your child the appropriate amount of food.
Too much? Baby swallows slowly: Baby takes too long? Then they are more than likely satisfied. The amount your baby eats at each meal varies from one day to another. Rest assured, this is not unusual.
Not enough? Your baby opens their mouth and turns towards you: Baby wants more? Your baby may still be hungry. Give them 1 or 2 teaspoons of fruit or vegetable puree after their meal. At the following meal, try to gradually increase the number of teaspoons of fruit or vegetables from 1 to 2 or more.
Too much? Baby turns away from the spoon: Baby leans away from the spoon? Your baby is probably satisfied. Don’t force your baby, they will no doubt eat more at the next meal.
Too much? Your baby spits out familiar or usual favourites: Baby doesn’t want anymore? Don’t insist… your baby is probably satisfied. Even if you think your baby has not had enough to eat, they will eat more next time.
Too much? Baby is easily distracted: Baby prefers daydreaming? Your baby is probably satisfied. If nothing appeals to your baby, then don’t insist…
Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
Nestlé Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.
The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.
Nestlé Baby & me is here to share the latest evidence-based information to ensure you feel supported and confident that you’re giving your baby the best possible nutrition.