Parents should only feed their children breast milk for the first six months of their life without any sugar added, the U.S. government said in new guidelines released this week.

  • The guidelines suggest parents limit sugar-filled foods to less than 10% of calories per day after age 2. That means less desserts, snacks, candy and sweetened drinks to infants, according to The Associated Press.
  • “It is really important to make healthier choices, every meal, every day, to develop a pattern of healthy eating,” said Pam Miller of the Agriculture Department’s food and nutrition service.

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Babies should only have breast milk at least until they reach 6 months old, the guidelines said, according to The Associated Press.

  • If there’s no breast milk available, babies should take iron-fortified infant formula and supplemental vitamin D.
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These guidelines are issued every five years from the Agriculture Department and the Department of Health and Human Services, according to NBC News.

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