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Do Babies Require Less Formula After Starting Solids?

From birth to the time a baby begins eating solids at approximately 6 months of age, she is relying solely on formula or breast milk for calories and nutrition, says Dr. Susan J. Dulkerian, director of newborn services at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. “Once an infant starts solids, she requires less of her total calories from her milk,” she says. On average, a 12-month-old eating three meals a day with a snack or two will need approximately three 6-ounce bottles of formula per day.

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