Breastfeeding

Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines Summary

The updated Australian Infant  Feeding Guidelines came out this week and there has been some key changes in regards to introducing solids which should be highlighted (and are done so in bold).

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All the other points are important to remember as well.

This might be a good post to pass onto an expectant mother or a new mother, or even an expecting grandmother (not that they are pregnant, but their daughter or daughter in law is).

These guidelines have changed somewhat and it is important to keep in line with them as much research has been conducted by health professionals to establish these guidelines.

The key point summary of the document is as follows. The Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines suggest to:

Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months.
  • Breastfeed until 12 months and beyond, as long as mum and babe are comfortable.

Bottle feeding

  • If the babe is not breastfeed or co-feed, then commercial formulas should be used until 12 months of age.

Solids

  • Introduce solids around the 6 month mark.
  • Solids should not be delayed much later then the 6 month mark to avoid any allergic syndromes.
  • There is no specific order of introducing foods as long as iron-rich foods are incorporated.
  • A variety of foods should be offered until the age of 12 months from the five food groups.
  • Under the age of three, hard small foods like nuts should not be offered due to choking.
  • Honey should not be given to children under 12 months due to Botulism.
  • No sugar or salt should be added to your child’s food.

Other beverages

  • Cow’s milk can be offered after 12 months and there is no need for a healthy toddler to continue with formula after 12 months.
  • Cooled boiled water can be offered to bottle-fed babies as an alternative to formula and breastfed baby over 6 months.
  • Babies under 12 months do not need juice or teas or alternative beverages besides formula, breast milk or water.

If you have any concerns about your baby or infant’s diet, please see your healthcare professional.

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written by:

Amanda Dos Santos

Mandy is an experienced Nutritionist, food scientist and writer with over 10 years experience in the Heath industry. She has been part of the Healthy Mummy team of experts since 2012, writing informative and current blog posts and contributing to our recipe books. She has played an integral part in creating the recipes on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges since they first started in July 2014. Mandy is a mum of three and loves working for The Healthy Mummy, ”Especially on the challenges as I can create recipes which empower women to create nourishing food for themselves and their families’."