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Nutritional Requirements?

Nikka - posted on 06/22/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 9 months old and WILL NOT let me spoon feed her anymore. I put the spoon in her mouth, and she spits the mush into her hands and just smears it all over the place. And that's ok. She's doing great with the finger foods. I just want to make sure that she's getting the proper vitamins and minerals that she needs to grow healthy and strong. She's formula fed, so I know that she gets quite a bit of nutrients from that, but do I need to make sure that she's eating certain things? Does anybody know a website that has a chart or something indicating how many unit of each vitamin and mineral she needs? Appreciate any help anyone can give me.

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My daughter is 9 months as well and aside from the odd thing likes to feed herself. She is just coming onto milk and off formula as well.
A typical day for her is:
Breakfast - infant cereal (1/4-1/2 cup) or toast or pancake and some fruit and milk/formula (on weekends she gets eggs, etc.. too)
Snack - a carb and fruit usually (cheerios and berries, crackers and berries, etc..) or even a yogurt too
Lunch - carb, protein, and veggie(today she has a chicken broccoli casserole and veggie sticks)
Snack - carb and fruit usually and sometimes a slice of cheese
Dinner - Carb, protein and veggie (usually whatever we eat)
Snack -depending if she seems hungry she can have some cereal and fruit or toast and fruit or just fruit, or nothing at all...

They just need a little bit of everything, same as adults just in smaller quantities. I havent' found much for exact amounts, but from what I have been told its only 2-4 tbsp of each at each meal (varies for each thing). Its also important to get as much iron in them as doable, so try to get it in at each meal, this is more important with out iron-fortified formula. I know the Canada food guide site has a little info, but most is for toddlers 2+

Hope that helps!

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Nikka - posted on 06/26/2010

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Thanks everyone. I knew that formula is her main diet, but I wasn't sure if I needed to be making up for anything she might be missing in the formula. I always try to make sure that her diet is pretty balanced within the 4 food groups, and I'm VERY adamant about limiting how much (read: none) refined sugar she gets (which apparently people think is weird. But that's another thread entirely!) My biggest issue with getting her to self feed is getting her to like meat. The only thing I can get her to eat with any enthusiasm is ground beef (very lean obviously). She's not very fond of pork (have yet to try ham) and forget chicken (HATES it). I just want to make sure that she's getting everything she needs. I think my biggest frustration with this whole ordeal is that all the information I can find online refers to breastfeeding babies, and makes you feel like a monster for formula feeding. I TRIED DAMN IT! Sorry for the little outburst, but I find it incredibly frustrating that there is so little information out there for formula fed babies. GRRRR!

Emily - posted on 06/22/2010

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Breastmilk/formula is supposed to be the main source of nutrition for the first year. As long as your daughter is still getting formula, that's all she really needs. Just offer healthy foods, but don't stress about what she is or isn't eating.

Abbie - posted on 06/22/2010

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Sounds like you have a self feeder on your hands. Which is great! Run with that, give her all kind of finger foods, soft cooked veggies ( not over cooked, kills nutruiets in them) fruits, cereal, toast. Plus since she in on formula I wouldn't worry, unless she starts to lose weight or seems to not be so perky.

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my advice to you is to relax. don't worry so much about the exact unit of vitamins and minerals she needs. she is still on formula and is getting some nutrition from finger foods. just give her more finger foods, and try and focus on fruit and veggie finger foods. as long as she is growing well don't worry about it

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Formula or breastmilk is supposed to be the main part of their diet for the first year, so I'd say as long as she is eating SOMETHING.... she's totally fine.

Sandra - posted on 06/22/2010

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The question you should ask yourself is, is she growing and gaining weight. If so then it's all good. make sure that you give her things from all of the food groups and watch the amounts she is eating. But I always say that as long as they are happy and growing then it's all good.

Personally I wish my son who is almost 1 would eat on his own a little bit more. It's awesome that she's eating on her own!!!

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