The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is the leading government body which promotes health standards in Australia.

The NHMRC infant feeding recommendations are:

  • To encourage, support and promote ‘exclusive’ breastfeeding to around six months of age; and
  • Continue breastfeeding with appropriate solid foods until 12 months of age and beyond, for as long as you and your baby wish.

‘Exclusive’ breastfeeding – What does this mean?

Your child is having only breast milk, and no other liquids (including water) or solids. Oral rehydration salts, drops, syrups (vitamins, minerals, medicines) may be required on medical advice.

Although exclusive breastfeeding is ideal for around the first 6 months of life, any amount of breast milk is beneficial to the infant and mother.

Breast milk provides all the nutrients your baby needs for around the first 6 months.

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