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Chow Time: Celebrating Your Baby's Feeding Milestones

Kellie Eason, IBCLC. BHSc. (Nursing), Post. Grad. Dip in Midwifery

MILK...early parenting support

Man bottle feeding baby
Feeding Baby

Did you know that your baby's feeding milestones are critical for airway, dental, speech, language & sleep development?

Not only this, your baby's feeding development also impacts on their lifelong relationship with food, health & wellbeing!

YOUR BABY'S FIRST FEEDING MILESTONE (FROM BIRTH) The ability to latch & breastfeed or bottle feed effectively

Here are Some Key Factors to Consider when Feeding your Newborn:

  • Wake your newborn for 8-12 feeds daily. After some time, it can be reduced to 6-8 feeds including overnight.

  • Make sure to feed and settle your newborn within an hour.

  • Ensure that there is no milk spillage and your baby is not gagging, gulping or clicking while feeding.

  • Check if your baby is experiencing any difficulty coping with milk flow.

  • Keep an eye on age-appropriate wet/dirty nappies and growth.

YOUR BABY'S SECOND MILESTONE (6-9 MONTHS OF AGE) Introducing Solids: A Quick Guide for New Parents To ensure a smooth transition to solid foods, it's recommended to start at approx. 6 months of age when developmentally ready.

Signs that Your Baby is Ready for Solid Foods:

  • Your baby can sit upright without any support in a high chair

  • Your baby shows interest in food by reaching out for it during family mealtimes.

Here are some helpful tips to guide you through the process:

  • If wishing to breastfeed as long as possible, offer breast feeds prior to solids

  • Start slow with easy to digest foods such as soft poached apple, pear, sweet potato, salmon, - dont’ overload your baby’s delicate tummy, allowing for adaptation

  • As babies begin to consume solids, they will start drinking less from bottles and water from an open cup

  • Encourage sensory development by allowing your baby to touch, taste and feel the textures of different foods.

  • Babies typically start by licking and chewing food before swallowing it with ease.

  • Gagging is normal and serves as a protective reflex during the introduction of solids.

  • After swallowing, ensure there is no food left in the baby's mouth, cheeks or hard palate.

  • Gently clean your baby’s gums/teeth and mouth with a warm wet face cloth

Remember to always supervise your baby when they are eating and consult your health professional if you have any concerns.

YOUR BABY’S THIRD FEEDING MILESTONE (12 MONTHS OF AGE) Let's celebrate your baby's third feeding milestone – their first birthday! Here are a few things to look out for:

  • Your baby is now able to eat family foods, so no more need for special meals.

  • Your baby should be able to handle different textured foods, including minced meat.

  • Your baby can confidently hold and drink from a cup.

  • Ideally, bottle feeds are no longer necessary, or at least limited

  • By 12 months of age, your baby should need no more than 2 cups of milk per day for nutrition

  • Breastfeeding provides almost 50% of dietary requirements up to the age of 3 years, so it is recommended and supported for as long as you and your baby desire

If you're worried that your baby is not meeting their feeding milestones, please don't hesitate to contact us via the link in our bio.

We have the necessary experience and qualifications to assist with feeding concerns from birth to 12 months of age. Our services include Breastfeeding & Lactation Support, Infant feeding Therapy, Oral motor therapy/Oral Myofunctional Therapy, Play therapy, Sensory Therapy, and Bodywork.


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Hi, thanks for stopping by!

At MILK early parenting support, I strive to be your go-to source for all your parenting needs – from pre-birth to post-birth. I'm a passionate and experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I love empowering expectant and new parents with all the knowledge and support they need to make the right decisions for their family.

Whether it’s helping you find the best feeding and sleeping strategies, or ensuring that your baby is getting the nutrition they need for optimal growth, I'm here to make sure that you and your baby get the best start in life.

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