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.