Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

New infant feeding guidelines:

New guidelines on infant feeding are based on an extensive review of evidence and aim to give consistent nutritional advice for mums.
By Motherpedia
Date: February 20 2013
Editor Rating:
breastfeeding

In addition to the Australian Dietary Guidelines released by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on Monday, new Infant Feeding Guidelines were also released. It is the first time separate guidelines have been available for infant feeding, with even stronger evidence related to:

  • the benefits of breastfeeding
  • the association between breastfeeding and a reduced risk of childhood obesity
  • the importance of introducing solid foods at 6 months to meet nutritional requirements and to decrease the risk of allergy development.

The new guidelines assist health workers to provide consistent nutrition advice to mums of babies of normal birth weight. (Health workers and mothers of babies of low birth weight should seek specific medical advice).

Key points

1.  The guidelines recommend that babies are exclusively breastfed until around 6 months of age when solid foods can be introduced. Estimates suggest around 90% of new mums breastfeed but the rate of breastfeeding declines to around 50% at 6 months and 25% at 12 months. The NHRMC is of the view that improving the duration of breastfeeding will give considerable benefits for maternal, infant and child health.

2.  The NHMRC recommends introducing solid foods around 6 months to ensure the child’s increasing nutritional and developmental needs are met. It doesn’t matter which foods are introduced first as long as they are rich in iron. The NHMRC says that delaying the introduction of solid foods beyond this age increase the risk of the child developing allergies.

3.  Breastfeeding can continue until 12 months of age and beyond if it suits the mother and child. If an infant is not breastfed or is partially breastfed, commercial infant formulas should be used as an alternative until the child is 12 months of age.

4.  At 12 months of age, a variety of nutritious foods from the 5 food groups in the Australian Dietary Guidelines is recommended.

5.  The NHMRC states that a mother’s decision not to breastfeed should also be respected and supported by health workers.

You can find a copy of the guidelines at eatforhealth.gov.au

Share This Tweet This Email To Friend
Related Articles
mixed_fruit_and_veges
It's official. We've got an "obesity epidemic" and just a…
Read more
breasfeeding-(jane)
Midwife and child health nurse, Jane Barry talks breastfeeding and…
Read more
breastfeeding-mum
Women who breastfed their children have a lower body mass…
Read more
Shipping-containers-freight-wallpaper-preview

Latest Tech Used In Shipping Containers
Read how the shipping industry has revolutionised

Motherpedia cover-2

Win 1 set of a 4-book hardcover illustrated boxed set
Barbara Murray’s new 4-book Sound Stories is perfect for parents and educators and could assist with NAPLAN results

Motherpedia cover (4)

Where to celebrate Oktoberfest Australia
Get ready for this celebration!

Vtech giveaway motherpedia

Win 1 of 3 VTech Toys Pack Giveaway
Playtime is so much more with VTech

Motherpedia cover-4

A Fortnight of Foodie Experiences at East Village
A taste of East Village. What's in it for me?

Globber my too fix up cover

We Try: Globber My TOO Fix Up
A scooter that grows with your child

Throw a winning cricket pitch

3 Steps to a Winning Backyard Cricket Pitch
Ex-Adelaide Oval legend curator Les Burdett shares his tips for getting your backyard cricket pitch test match ready this summer

A bike that follows your kids life cycle - motherpedia - cover

A Bike That Follows Your Kids Life Cycle
Check out the Bunzi 2-in-1 gradual balance bike!

Moonlight lifestyle

Moonlight Cinema to bring…
Moonlight Cinema announces brand new Western Sydney venue

Screen shot 2019-11-26 at 8.29.12 am

Your Magical Christmas Wonderland…
Adventure park is about to light up the night sky with its "Christmas Festival of Lights"

Screen shot 2019-11-21 at 11.11.36 am

The Preston Market Gets…
It's time to feel pumped up for the holiday season!

Bruno-kelzer-zqzuigxcvrq-unsplash

Bunnings team members get…
Help raise funds by buying a snag or donating at your local store.