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 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
File Size: 1856 kb
Type: Brochure
Date of Publication: 22 September 2015
ISBN: 978-1-76000-299-2
SHPN: 150525