Keep baby healthy with health checks and breastmilk

Take baby for regular health checks.

Breast is best.

Feed when baby is hungry, as often as needed. This is usually 7-8 times a day.

Food and drink by age

0-6 months: breast only. 

No water before six months for fully breastfed babies.


6-12 months: add smooth food, then mashed food and then finely chopped food. 

No cow’s milk before 12 months. 

12 months and older: share the family meal.

Feeding, health and hygiene: things to remember

Make feeding babies and kids the top priority.

Clean the kitchen to help stop sickness.

Remember to look after mum too.

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