0-4 months

Exclusively breast feed

ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) recommend to breast feed for 6 months and beyond.

A standard cows' milk infant formula may be given as a complementary feed before the start of solid foods.

If there is a history of allergies in a baby's parents or siblings it is recommended that a hydrolysed formula (HA) be given.

If unable to breast feed give an appropriate newborn formula.

  • Choose a formula with a low level of protein (Breast milk has 1g). Some evidence has shown that high protein formulas have been linked to an increased risk of childhood obesity*.
  • Choose a formula with added probiotics. They increase intestinal bacteria which may help improve immunity.

ASCIA recommend solid foods should not be introduced before 4 months.
There are increased risks of allergies and choking before 4 months.

*EU-funded study reveals why formula-fed babies grow faster 2009.