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:

  • 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.​​

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File Size: 4758 kb
Type: Brochure
Date of Publication: 01 May 2020
ISBN: 978-1-76081-396-3
SHPN: 200198-1