Feeding Your Infant
Your Baby’s First Food
Breast milk is the only food that your baby needs to grow and be healthy in the first six months of life.
We encourage mothers to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond, as long as the mother and child want to continue. A baby who is breastfed or receiving breast milk should receive a daily vitamin D supplement of 10 µg (400 IU).
Free breastfeeding support is available through telephone and face-to-face contact, breastfeeding clinics and breastfeeding groups.
Signs Your Baby Is Ready for Solids
- Hold their head up on their own
- Sit up in a high chair
- Open their mouth wide when you offer food on a spoon
- Turn their face away if they don’t want food
- Close their lips over the spoon
- Keep the food in their mouth and swallow it instead of pushing it out
Make sure your baby shows most of these signs of readiness before you introduce solid foods.