Portion Sizes for Babies

Babies aren’t one-size-fits-all, but this chart will give you a general sense of appropriate portion sizes and how to break up a baby’s daily meals. Since some babies need more food and some babies need less, serving amounts are approximate. Intake from one day to another also fluctuates.

1 serving of grain = 1/2 cup cereal or cooked rice, quinoa, pasta, or couscous, 1/2 slice bread or 2 crackers. Choose brown rice, whole grains, and whole-wheat pasta about half the time.

1 serving of dairy = 1 cup (8 oz.) of full-fat yogurt or 1.5 oz. of full-fat cheese. Cow’s milk is not recommended for infants under 12 months, but cheese and yogurt are fine.

Meal Times4-6 Months6-8 Months8-10 Months10-12 Months
First Thing in the MorningBreast milk on demand or 6-7 oz. of formulaBreast milk on demand or 6-7 oz. of formulaBreast milk on demand or 6 oz. of formulaBreast milk on demand or 6 of formula
Breakfast1-2 tablespoons of cereal/ grains

1-2 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable
2-4 tablespoons of cereal/grains

2-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable
4-6 tablespoons of cereal/grains

2-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable
4-6 tablespoons of cereal/grains

3-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable
Mid-MorningBreast milk on demand or 6-7 oz. of formulaBreast milk on demand or 6-7 oz. of formulaBreast milk on demand or 6 oz. of formula1/2 serving of dairy

3-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable
Lunch1-2 tablespoons of cereal /grains

1-2 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable

OR
Breast milk on demand or 6-7 oz. of formula
1 serving of grain

2-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable

Breast milk on demand or 6-7 oz. of formula
2-4 tablespoons of protein

2-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable

1 serving of grain

Breast milk on demand or 6 oz. of formula
2-4 tablespoons of protein

3-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable

1 serving of grain

Breast milk on demand or 6 oz. of formula
Mid-AfternoonBreast milk on demand or 6-7 oz. of formulaBreast milk on demand or 6-7 oz. of formula OR 1/2 serving of dairy2-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable 1 serving of grain OR 1/2 serving of dairy3-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable 1 serving of grain OR 1/2 serving of dairy
DinnerBreast milk on demand or 6-7 oz. of formula1-3 tablespoons of protein

2-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable

1 serving of grain
2-4 tablespoons of protein

2-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable

1 serving of grain
2-4 tablespoons of protein

3-4 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable

1 serving of grain
Before BedBreast milk on demand
or 6-7 oz. of formula
Breast milk on demand
or 6-7 oz. of formula
Breast milk on demand
or 6 oz. of formula
Breast milk on demand
or 6 oz. of formula

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