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If you would like more information on topics related to feeding your baby or toddler, here are some resources:

General

CDC’s Child and Teen Resources
This collection of resources provides parents and caregivers, health care providers, and partners with tools and information to help children and teens maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity.

CDC’s  Parent Information
This CDC website provides resources and information on pregnancy, infants and toddlers, children, and teens. Learn how to handle common parenting challenges through interactive activities, videos, and more. Healthcare professionals and researchers can also find information on children’s health and safety.

CDC’s Division of Oral Health
Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. CDC’s Division of Oral Health provides information on what parents and caregivers can do to ensure good oral health for your child.

Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers: A Responsive Parenting Approach
This report presents recommendations for promoting healthy nutrition and feeding patterns for infants and toddlers from birth to 24 months, with an emphasis on dietary quality, portion sizes, and mealtime environment.

Healthy Children
This website was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics for parents. It features thousands of articles in English and Spanish on children’s health and safety, as well as interactive tools.

United States Department of Agriculture Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The WIC Program provides support to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, babies, and children up to age 5. WIC provides nutritious foods, information on healthy eating, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.

United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP provides benefits to low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.

Breastfeeding

CDC’s Breastfeeding Information
CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is committed to increasing breastfeeding rates throughout the United States. CDC provides information for public health professionals and others to help support breastfeeding mothers, such as managing breastfeeding during various maternal and infant illnesses and conditions, any precautions for vaccines during breastfeeding, and recommendations for proper storage and handling of expressed human milk.

International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)
ILCA is the member association for professionals who care for breastfeeding families. ILCA’s “Find a Lactation Consultant Directory” can help you find a lactation consultant to get the breastfeeding support you need.

La Leche League USA
La Leche League USA helps mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and promotes a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Office on Women’s Health
The Office on Women’s Health’s vision is for all women and girls to achieve the best possible health outcomes. They provide information on breastfeeding to help women make infant feeding decisions and to guide mothers through the breastfeeding process.

Infant Formula

Questions & Answers for Consumers Concerning Infant Formula
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulates infant formula and has a list of questions and answers about infant formula.

Food Safety

Food Safety Concerns for Children Under Five
Food safety is particularly important for young children. Foodsafety.gov provides information on safely preparing food for your child.

Mealtime

Fruits & Veggies—More Matters
A resource designed to help spread the word about the health benefits of adding more fruits and veggies to your diet.

What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl
This online tool features a large collection of recipes and resources to support building healthy and budget-friendly meals. Site features include:

  • Extensive search filters on cuisine, cooking equipment, nutrition content, and more.
  • Detailed nutrition and cost information (as available).
  • Cookbooks to browse and download or build your own.
  • A handy shopping list feature.
  • Recipe star ratings, review comments, and “sharing” on social networks.
  • Site is mobile friendly and available in English and Spanish.

Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamin and Mineral Fact Sheets
The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements has fact sheets for consumers and health professionals about vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements.

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