NHMRC Infant Feeding Guidelines (HP recommendations (If supplementary…
NHMRC Infant Feeding Guidelines
Continue BF'ing while introducing appropriate solid foods until 12mths of age and beyond - for as long as mother and child desire
Encourage support promote exclusive BF'ing to ~6mths of age
While exclusive BF'ing is recommended for 1st 6-12mths, any BF'ing is beneficial to infant and mother
If supplementary feeding is required in hospital it should only be given for specific medical indications and only w mother's permission
Parents should be informed of the benefits of BF'ing and risks of not BF'ing when a change is considered
Use cow's-milk based formulas until 12mths of age. Special formulas should only be used for infants who cannot take cow's milk based products for medical, cultural or religious reasons. Note soy or goat milk based formulas are not suitable replacements for CMPA's unless under medical supervision.
Speciality formulas only indicated for infants w confirmed pathology
Educate parents on how to prepare formula correctly and safely - including details on scoop amount
Infants are not at risk from C Sakazaki when formula is prepared w lukewarm, previously boiled water and fed within the hour. This problem is often encountered during poor storage not preparation of formula.
Fruit juice is not necessary or recommended
A cup can be introduced at ~ 6 mths to teach infants the skill of sipping from a cup
Do not offer tea, coffee, SD, cordials, other beverages
Boil and cool any tap water that is to be given to an infant. Plain unopened bottled water can be used to prepare formula but is not necessary
Any unmodified milk from non-human species is not suitable for infants and should not be given as a main drink until after 12mths
Exclusively BFed infants do not require additional fluids up to 6 mths of age
Avoid whole nuts and other hard foods to reduce choking risk
Do not add sugar or honey as this inc risk of dental caries
Ensure solid foods are an appropriate texture to infant's stage of development moving from pureed to lumpy to normal during the 12mth period
Foods can be introduced in any order provided Fe rich foods are first and texture is suitable for infant's stage of development.
To prevent Fe-deficiency, Fe containing nutritious foods are recommended as the 1st foods. This includes: Fe-fortified cereals, pureed meat and poultry dishes, cooked plain tofu and legumes/beans.
Introduce solids at ~ 6 mths to meet infant's inc nut & developmental needs