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Infant Feeding

What if a parent is feeding their infant inappropriate foods such as lettuce, raisins, chips, hot dogs, etc. and say, "They can eat them just fine."

Answer: 

In order to be reimbursed, all required food items must be offered at the meal or during the period of time in care. The center should have a signed statement for other foods served. This is not only for the welfare and safety of the infant, but also to protect the center from liability.

What are the CACFP reimbursement rates for infant meals?

Answer: 

The reimbursement rates for meals served to infants are the same as for other children, depending on their eligibility level.

How are we to wash and sanitize equipment used to feed infants?

Answer: 

Infants under three months are more likely to contract illness from micro-organisms in bottles and nipples which are improperly cleaned, or are cleaned in contaminated water.

Must we stop feeding formula to an infant right on his/her first birthday?

Answer: 

No, you may continue formula during a transition period during the 13th month. If formula is needed for a longer period of time, request that the parent obtain a physician's statement.

Who should provide the bottles?

Answer: 

The center (board, director, staff) will have to determine its own policy on this.

Can "home" prepared vegetables be served to infants? What about high nitrate vegetables?

Answer: 

Home prepared vegetables can be served to infants when they are ready for solid foods. However, infants between 4 and 6 months should not be fed home prepared fresh, frozen or canned beets, carrots, collard greens, spinach and turnips.

What is the CACFP definition of an infant?

Answer: 

An infant is a child who has not had their first birthday. In the CACFP, an infant is birth (0 months) through the end of the 12th month. When the infant meal pattern says "8-11 months" it means from when the infant is 8 months old until he/she turns 1 year of age.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 17, 2014 at 5:31am.