Should I breastfeed my baby?
Yes, if possible. Breast milk is the best food for your baby's growth and development. Breastfeeding has a number of health benefits, including protecting babies from gastroenteritis and respiratory infections. Breastfeeding also helps you develop a close bond with your baby.
Breastfeeding is recommended for at least 6 - 12 months and can be continued for longer if desired.
Is my baby getting enough breast milk?
If your baby is gaining weight, looking content at the end of a feed and wetting six to eight nappies a day, he or she is sure to be getting sufficient milk.
Are extra fluids needed in hot weather?
Breast-fed babies do not need extra fluids. Formula-fed babies should be offered cooled, boiled water at least once a day on hot days and regularly after six months of age, on all days.
When should solids be introduced?
Breast milk provides all the nutrients most full-term babies need until six months. Solids are generally started from four to six months. First foods are usually an iron-fortified baby rice cereal, pureed fruits or vegetables.
With formula milks, should I use a 'starter' or 'follow-on' preparation?
Starter formulas are suitable from birth to the end of the first year. Follow-on formulas can be used from 6 to 12 months, but not before. Nutritionally, there is no need to change over to a follow-on formula.
Are low fat milks suitable for children?
Formula (or breast) milk is appropriate until 12 months of age for most children. After that, full cream cow's milk is recommended, preferably by cup. Full cream milk gives more energy and provides vitamin A. Low fat milks can be introduced from about five years of age.
Please note this information was correct at time of printing.
For up to date information, speak to your doctor.