# 4.7: Nutrition

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## Breastfeeding

### Maternal Benefits of Breastfeeding

### Challenges to Breastfeeding

### Cost of Breastfeeding

### Alternatives to Breastfeeding

## When, What, and How to Introduce Solid Foods

### How Should Foods Be Introduced?

### USDA Infant Meal Patterns

Meal |
0-5 months |
6-11 months |
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Breakfast |
4-6 fluid ounces breastmilk or formula | 6-8 fluid ounces breastmilk or formula 0-4 tablespoons infant cereal, meat, fish, poultry, whole eggs, cooked dry beans or peas; or 0-2 ounces cheese; or 0-4 ounces (volume) cottage cheese; or 0-4 ounces yogurt; or a combination* 0-2 tablespoons vegetable, fruit, or both* |

Lunch or Supper |
4-6 fluid ounces breastmilk or formula | 6-8 fluid ounces breastmilk or formula 0-4 tablespoons infant cereal, meat, fish, poultry, whole eggs, cooked dry beans or peas; or 0-2 ounces cheese; or 0-4 ounces (volume) cottage cheese; or 0-4 ounces yogurt; or a combination* 0-2 tablespoons vegetable, fruit, or both* |

Snack |
4-6 fluid ounces breastmilk or formula | 2-4 fluid ounces breastmilk or formula 0-1⁄2 bread slice; or 0-2 crackers; or 0-4 tablespoons infant cereal or ready-to-eat cereal* 0-2 tablespoons vegetable, fruit, or both* |

Meal |
Ages 1-2 |
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Breakfast |
1⁄2 cup milk 1⁄4 cup vegetables, fruit, or both 1⁄2 ounce equivalent grains |

Lunch or Supper |
1⁄2 cup milk 1-ounce meat or meat alternative 1/8 cup vegetables 1/8 cup fruits 1⁄2 ounce equivalent of grains |

Snack |
Select two of the following: 1⁄2 cup of milk 1⁄2 ounce meat or meat alternative 1⁄2 cup vegetables 1⁄2 cup fruit 1⁄2 ounce equivalent of grains |