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PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-9487

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Child & Adult Care Food Program

Child and Adult Care Food Program
FOOD CHART
Meal Pattern Requirements for Infants

The newly revised infant meal pattern shown here became effective December 15, 1999.

Age

Breakfast

Lunch and Supper

Snack

Birth through 3 months

4-6 fluid ounces formula1 or breast milk 2,3

4-6 fluid ounces formula1 or breast milk2,3

4-6 fluid ounces formula1 or breast milk2,3

4 months through

7 months

4-8 fluid ounces formula1 or breast milk2,3

0-3 tablespoons infant cereal1,4

4-8 fluid ounces formula1 or breast milk2,3

0-3 tablespoons infant cereal1,4

0-3 tablespoons fruit and/or vegetable4

4-6 fluid ounces formula1 or breast milk 2,3

8 months up to first birthday

6-8 fluid ounces formula1 or breast milk2,3

2-4 tablespoons infant cereal1

1-4 tablespoons fruit and/or vegetable

6-8 fluid ounces formula1 or breast milk2,3

2-4 tablespoons infant cereal1 and/or 1-4 tablespoons meat, fish, poultry, egg yolk, or cooked dry beans or peas or 1/2 - 2 ounces cheese, or 1-4 ounces cottage cheese, cheese food or cheese spread.

1-4 tablespoons fruit and/or vegetable

2-4 fluid ounces formula1, breast milk2,3 or fruit juice5

0 - 1/2 slice bread4,6 or 0-2 crackers4,6

1 Infant formula and dry infant cereal shall be iron-fortified.

2 It is recommended that breast milk be served in place of formula from birth through 11 months.

3 For some breastfed infants who regularly consume less than the minimum amount of breast milk per feeding, a serving of less than the minimum amount of breast milk may be offered, with additional breast milk if the infant is still hungry.

4 A serving of this component shall be optional.

5 Fruit juice shall be full-strength.

6 Bread and bread alternates shall be made from whole-grain or enriched meal or flour.