Both the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Infant Feeding Guidelines (2012) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Exclusive Breastfeeding Statement (2011) recommend introducing solid foods at around 6 months.
There are no benefits to introducing solid foods before this time.
- Introducing solid foods too early can cause problems such as:
- increased risk of food allergies
- decreased breastmilk production
- increased exposure to germs
- increased load on your baby’s kidneys
- constipation, from poor digestion
If you feel your baby needs to start solids before 6 months of age, contact your local Child and Family Health Nurse or General Practitioner.
Starting Family Food brochures can be ordered by NSW Health facilities by emailing MOH-PopulationHealthResources@health.nsw.gov.au. When placing an order include:
- Full name and position title
- Health service name
- Resource name: Starting Family Foods Brochure
- Quantity [Maximum 200]
- SHPN number: SHPN 150525
- Delivery address