Fats for Your Baby
During the time you are breast-feeding or feeding your baby infant formula, you do not need to supplement his diet with oils. When he is ready for solid foods at six to eight months, you can introduce him to small amounts of healthy, unrefined oils by adding a few drops to grains, vegetables, and bean purees. Unrefined sesame oil, olive oil, and flaxseed oil are excellent oils to provide essential fatty acids for your baby. Beans, avocados, tofu, tahini, ground toasted seeds and nuts, and fish provide healthy fats in a whole food form. Watch for signs of possible allergies, especially to nuts, as you introduce each element into your baby’s diet.
Your baby is ready to start eating some fats between six and eight months. The chart below gives an overview of which fats to start feeding baby and when. It also includes how frequently to offer them and which ones to avoid.