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Feeding Infants in the CACFP THE CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM playing a vital and integral role in improving the overall quality of care and daily nutritional health of participants
Do I Have to Feed Infants? It’s a matter of civil rights. YES! Or else…
Documentation Document infant meals: Infant Formula and Food Notification Form Itemized receipts or invoices Feeding records – either: Infant menu (show all foods actually served) Individual feeding records Point-of-service Count meal counts each meal on the point-of-service form after each infant has been fed all components
Infant Formula and Food Notification Form
Do I Have to Buy Infant Formula? YES!
Do I Have to Buy Infant Food? Absolutely!
What do I buy?
Infant Formula Almost any brand will do……
Infant Formula 0 through 11 months
Infant Foods q q Any brand packaged baby food “Homemade” purees
Non-Creditable Infant Foods
Simple Rules to Follow
Infant Feeding: Formula Buy, stock and offer at least one approved formula Get a signed Infant Formula and Food Notification Form for every infant Do not claim an infant meal if parent provides formula without IFFN on file Serve all infants (through 11 months) formula or breast milk Feed on demand Use meal pattern as a guide for amounts Transition to whole cow’s milk at 12 -13 months
Infants 0 through 3 months ONLY Formula or breast milk on demand
Breast Feeding Breast feeding: Claim meal if parent brings breast milk and you serve it Do not claim if mother breast feeds on-site Unless you provide at least one other component
Infants 4 through 11 months May introduced to solid foods to developmentally ready infants
Infant Feeding: Foods Buy, stock and offer at least one approved formula Buy, stock and offer creditable infant foods Get a signed Infant Formula and Food Notification Form for every infant May not claim an infant meal if parent provides formula without IFFN on file In most circumstances, if parent provides food with IFFN on file, the center may not claim infants meal. Serve all infants (4 through 11 months) center provided food when developmentally ready Use meal pattern as a guide amounts Feed infants on demand
Infant Feeding: Foods Parents may choose to bring some or all meal components Do not solicit parents to bring food Discourage parents from bringing food Center must provide the minimum portion of at least one meal component in order to claim the meal
Infant Feeding: Foods Follow the meal pattern Work with parents Explain CACFP meal pattern Discuss development readiness Coordinate to introduce foods at the same time
Infant Feeding: Foods Introducing table foods Only when infant is developmentally ready You must follow infant meal pattern § Infant cereal is required at breakfast and optional at lunch § Only bread and/or crackers are creditable at snack § Combination foods not creditable o Spaghetti, Casseroles, etc.
CACFP Required Meal Pattern Meal Component Min. Serving Size 0 -3 mo. 4 -7 mo. 8 -11 mo. 4 -6 fl. oz. 4 -8 fl. oz. 6 -8 fl. oz. Fruit/Vegetable* X X 1 -4 tbsp. Infant Cereal X 0 -3 tbsp. 2 -4 tbsp. 4 -6 fl. oz. 4 -8 fl. oz. 6 -8 fl. oz. Fruit/Vegetable* X 0 -3 tbsp. 1 -4 tbsp. Infant Cereal** X 0 -3 tbsp. 2 -4 tbsp. X X 4 -6 fl. oz. 4 -8 fl. oz. 2 -4 fl. oz. X X 0 -½ slice, or 0 -2 crackers Breakfast Breast Milk or Formula Lunch/Supper Breast Milk or Formula Meat/Alternate** Meat, Poultry, Fish, Egg Yolk, Cooked Dry Beans/Peas Cheese Cottage Cheese 1 -4 tbsp. ½-2 oz. 1 -4 oz. PM Snack Breast Milk or Formula (or) Juice Not needed if breast milk or formula is served Bread/Cracker
Infants 0 through 3 months Only a USDA approved infant formula or breast milk may be provided to infants.
Infants 4 through 7 months Foods that may be introduced: q Iron-fortified infant cereal q Fruits and vegetables • Homemade purees • Jarred/packaged baby food
Infants 8 through 11 months Foods that may be continued or introduced: q q q Iron-fortified infant cereal Fruits and vegetables Meats / meat alternates Bread and/or crackers 100% juice Meats must be single ingredient