Help your baby get off to the right start in developing healthy eating habits.

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.

If you have made an informed decision to give your baby infant formula and need more information please visit our page about infant formula.

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.

Introducing Solid Food

Information and tips about introducing solid food.

Making Your Own Baby Food

Learn about how to make your own baby food at home.

Food Allergies

Learn about food allergies.