As your baby grows, her nutritional needs change.

Here are some guidelines for important nutrients as she grows.
Helps build strong, healthy bones and teeth

Why does my baby need calcium?

Aids in blood clotting
Helps nerves and muscles function


Breast milk, infant formula, cheese, yogurt and whole cow’s milk*

Where can my baby get calcium?

* The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends not introducing whole cow’s milk (3.25%) until at least 9-12 months.
Essential for keeping the body functioning well

Why does my baby need protein?

Helps build hormones and enzymes
Part of every cell in the body
Needed to build and repair muscle, tissue, skin, nails and hair


Breast milk, infant formula, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu and legumes

Where can she get protein?

Helps her brain develop

Why does my baby need iron?

Makes red blood cells
Carries oxygen to all parts of his body
Helps cells work in her body


Breast milk, infant formula, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, iron-fortified infant cereals, enriched grain products, tofu and legumes

Where can she get iron?

Iron from animal sources is absorbed two to three times more efficiently than iron from plant sources. To increase the iron absorbed from plant foods, serve them with foods rich in vitamin C.

Whole cow’s milk (3.25%) is low in iron, and the Canadian Paediatric Society recommends not introducing it until at least 9-12 months.
TIP: Offer iron-rich foods 2-3 times per day starting at 6 months.
Your baby’s brain more than doubles in size the first year of life. That’s why now is an important time for brain-nourishing DHA, which helps support cognitive development.

DHA is an essential nutrient for baby brain development

DHA (a type of Omega-3 fat)

Why is DHA important for babies?

DHA is found in relatively few foods. When your baby starts solids, she can get DHA by eating DHA-rich fatty fish such as Atlantic salmon. But fish may not be popular with many children and it will be some time before your baby gets significant nutrition from solids.

If you’re breastfeeding, your baby will be getting DHA through your breast milk, but the amount depends on how much food with DHA you’re eating. Health Canada recommends that breast-feeding Moms eat two 75 g servings of cooked fish per week.

Where can your baby get DHA?

DHA information
For more information about DHA, read Why is DHA important now?.

How to switch formula?

If you’re formula feeding, consider switching to a next stage formula such as Enfamil A+ 2, which has the same expert recommended* DHA level as Enfamil A+, plus age-appropriate levels of iron, calcium and protein to support your growing baby as she starts solid foods.
* Koletzko B et al. J Perinat. Med. 2008;36:5-14
Popular with older babies— but zero DHA
Many older babies love bananas, yogurt, infant cereals and green snap beans. But none of these foods contain brainnourishing DHA.
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