Infants

Guidance for Formula Fed Infants

Guidance for Formula Fed Infants: A tool to determine when an infant’s meal is reimbursable.

Infant Meal

0-3 Months

4-7 Months

8-11 Months

Infant receives center purchased iron-fortified infant formula and center purchased infant or table food.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Infant receives center purchased iron-fortified infant formula and parent provides infant food.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Infant receives parent provided iron-fortified infant formula and center provides infant or table food.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Infant receives parent provided iron-fortified infant formula and parent provides infant food.

Yes

Yes, but when the infant is developmentally ready for solid foods the center must provide at least one of the optional foods.

No

Infant receives parent provided exempt formula and center provides infant or table food.

No

Yes, if a special diet statement is collected for the exempt formula.

No

Yes, if a special diet statement is collected for the exempt formula, but when the infant is developmentally ready for solid foods the center must provide at least one of the optional foods.

No

Yes, if a special diet statement is collected for the exempt formula, but center must provide at least one of the required components for breakfast, lunch or supper.

Infant receives parent provided exempt formula and parent provides infant or table food.

No

No

No

Guidance for Breast Fed Infants

Guidance for Breast Milk Fed Infants: A tool to determine when an infant’s meal is reimbursable.

Infant Meal

0-3 Months

4-7 Months

8-12 Months

Breast milk pumped and brought to center by parent. Infant is fed by center staff.

Yes

Center can claim meals/snacks for reimbursement for an infant who only receives pumped breast milk because labor costs are incurred by the center (i.e. staff warms breast milk and feeds infant)

Yes

Center can continue to claim meals/snacks for reimbursement for an infant who is still receiving only pumped breast milk (same reasoning as stated in 0-3 month section).

Once the infant is developmentally ready for optional food(s), the center can only claim meals/snacks for reimbursement for the infant when at least one of the optional foods listed on the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern for a 4-7 month old are purchased, prepared and served by the center.

Yes

Center can claim meals/snacks for reimbursement for an infant who is receiving pumped breast milk served in a bottle by the center staff as long as at least one of the required foods listed on the CACFP meal pattern for an 8-12 month old are purchased, prepared and served by the center.

Center employee breast feeds their enrolled infant on site.

Yes

Center can claim meals/snacks for reimbursement for an infant whose parent is a center employee and is breast feeding on site because labor costs are incurred by the center i.e. the center employee is being paid a salary or wage by the center.

Yes

Center can continue to claim meals/snacks for reimbursement for the enrolled infant who is only being breast fed on site by the center employee.

Once the infant is developmentally ready for food, the center can only claim meals/snacks for the infant when at least one of the optional foods listed on the CACFP meal pattern for a 4-7 month old are served by the center.

Yes

Center can claim meals/snacks for reimbursement for the enrolled infant who is being breast fed on site by the center employee as long as the required foods listed on the CACFP meal pattern for an 8-12 month old are served by the center.

Parent breast feeds their infant on site.

No

Center cannot claim meals/snacks for reimbursement for an infant whose parent breast feeds them on site.

(No costs, of any kind, are incurred by the center)

No

Meals/snacks cannot be claimed for an infant whose parent breast feeds their infant on site.

Yes, when the infant is developmentally ready for solid food and the center purchases, prepares and provides at least one of the optional food(s) listed on the CACFP meal pattern for a 4-7 month old.

No

Meals/snacks cannot be claimed for reimbursement by a center for an infant whose parent breast feeds their infant on site.

Yes, when the meal pattern is followed and the center purchases, prepares and provides at least one of the three required foods for breakfast, lunch and supper, or an optional bread/grain for snack. The foods listed on the CACFP meal pattern for an 8-12 month old are served by the center.