It is normal for babies to eat nothing, a little or a lot at mealtime when they’re feeding themselves.
In our fully online Infant Self-Feeding course, we talk about how to promote successful mealtimes so that babies *eventually* eat all types of safe foods. Some babies figure it out fast, while others need lots of extra exposure to consume one bite of food. If your baby isn’t eating much, make sure to do at least 2-3 meals a day and eat with them! They’ll get there.
A “typical” serving size for a baby is around a tablespoon when self-feeding, but many will consume much less or much more than that. It’s all normal!
Intake of food depends on many factors:
As long as your baby is drinking at least 20-24 oz of breast milk or formula until closer to 12 months, let them eat their fill! Babies don’t know how to overeat beyond their physiologic cues for hunger unless we teach them by force feeding.
Some babies seem to have an insatiable appetite - if this is your baby, make sure they’re drinking plenty of their milk, and serve satisfying food with lots of brain-boosting fat (cook veggies in olive or avocado oil, serve salmon, eggs, nut butters etc). Challenge their palate with flavorful, strong foods like Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spices - they’re more open-minded at this age and are more likely to enjoy it!
Note: we recommend a high iron source with each meal, along with at least one veggie or fruit, as minimums. Normally avocado wouldn’t be the only food offered unless baby is just starting out or that’s the only available safe food for baby.
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