The main stages of early feeding are breastfeeding, introducing solid food (complementary feeding) and moving to family foods.

It is recommended that babies are exclusively breastfeed until six months, and are continued to be breastfed into their second year of life. 3  At around six months, it is recommended to introduce first foods and include a range of vegetables, fruit, starchy foods (like potato or bread), proteins (like meat, fish, well cooked eggs) and dairy products.

In addition, the Children’s Food Trust’s Eat Better, Start Better programme provides a best practice framework for improving the food offer in early years settings. 4

References

  1. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, “Maternal and child nutrition (PH11),” Updated 2014.
  2. Children’s food Trust , “Eat Better Start Better,” [Online]. Available: http://www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk/childrens-food-trust/early-years/. [Accessed 10 October 2016].
  3. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, “Maternal and child nutrition (PH11),” Updated 2014.
  4. Children’s food Trust , “Eat Better Start Better,” [Online]. Available: http://www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk/childrens-food-trust/early-years/. [Accessed 10 October 2016].