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    Baby's most nutritious food choices

    A quiz for moms of 6 to 7-month-olds


    At 6 months of age, breast milk or formula should remain the primary source of nutrition for your baby, however, you  can start to compliment her diet with nutritious foods enjoyed by the entire family1. It's important to first introduce iron-rich meat and meat alternatives and iron-fortified baby cereal. Aside from these iron-rich foods, there is no particular order in which your baby should try vegetables, fruits, and milk products such as cheese and yogurt (with the exception of cow’s milk). By the time your baby is 12 months old, aim to have introduced her to a variety of foods and flavours from Canada’s Food Guide.

    Take this interactive quiz to separate baby nutrition truth from myth.

    Reference: 

    1 Joint statement of Health Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada, and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada. Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from Six to 24 Months. 2014. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/healthy-eating/infant-feeding/nutrition-healthy-term-infants-recommendations-birth-six-months/6-24-months.html 

    Baby's most nutritious food choices

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    Iron is found in high amounts in breast milk, so babies get plenty.
    Sorry, that was a myth!
    That was a myth – most healthy infants are born with sufficient stores of iron to meet their initial iron needs. However, at about six months of age, a baby’s iron stores are depleted and breast milk alone can no longer meet their iron requirements. Breastfed babies of this age require iron-rich food such as iron-fortified infant cereal and pureed meats. Iron helps support normal cognitive development and helps your baby’s red blood cells carry oxygen around her body.
    Bravo!
    That was a myth – most healthy infants are born with sufficient stores of iron to meet their initial iron needs. However, at about six months of age, a baby’s iron stores are depleted and breast milk alone can no longer meet their iron requirements. Breastfed babies of this age require iron-rich food such as iron-fortified infant cereal and pureed meats. Iron helps support normal cognitive development and helps your baby’s red blood cells carry oxygen around her body.
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