Regulations governing infant feeding

Nutritional needs

(i) New foods shall be introduced to infants and toddlers one at a time over a five (5)-to seven (7) day period with parent’s approval.

(j) The feeding schedule for infants shall be in accordance with the child’s need rather than according to the hour. (Infants fed breast milk may require more frequent feedings than formula-fed babies.)

(k) Staff shall support parent’s decision to continue breast feeding.

(l) Appropriate foods shall be encouraged; highly inappropriate foods, e.g. foods high in sugar and/or fat content but containing low nutritional value, shall not be served.

(m) Parents and caregivers shall work together when weaning an infant to insure consistency in the weaning process. Weaning shall be delayed until after an infant adjusts to group care.

(n) Children shall not be permitted to carry a bottle with them throughout the day.

Food Service

(e) Solid foods (including cereal) shall not be given in bottles or with infant feeders to children with normal eating abilities unless authorized by a physician.

(f) At mealtime, children shall be seated at appropriately sized tables and chairs, and adults shall sit with them.

(g) All formulas and food brought from home shall be labeled with the child’s name. Milk shall be placed immediately in the refrigerator. Once milk has been warmed, it shall not be rewarmed or returned to the refrigerator. For optimum digestion, formula is to be served at body temperature. January, 2008 (Revised) 45STANDARDS FOR CHILD CARE CENTERS AND SCHOOL-AGE CHAPTER 0520-12-1 CHILD CARE PROGRAMS (Rule 0520-12-1-.11, continued)

(h) Frozen breast milk shall be dated when expressed.

(i) Microwave ovens shall not be accessible to preschool children. (k) Bottled breast milk, infant bottles, and formula shall not be heated in a microwave oven. Other bottle warming devices shall be used safely, according to directions, and shall not be accessible to children.  

(m) Previously opened baby food jars shall not be accepted in the center. If food is fed directly from the jar by the caregiver, the jar shall be used for only one feeding.

(n) Infants shall be held while being fed as long as they are unable to sit in a high chair, an infant seat, or at the table. Bottles shall not be propped, and a child shall not be given a bottle while lying flat.

(o) When children are capable of using a high chair, they shall be allowed to do so and to experiment with food, with feeding themselves, and to eat with fingers or spoon. Children shall not be left unattended while eating.

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