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About Nutrition for Babies 3 - 12 months

Get the Limited Edition Ngala Secrets Book today!Feeding your baby and toddler is an exciting and challenging experience. It is part of a unique phase in life when children learn to communicate and develop their individuality. It is a rewarding experience knowing that you can help establish eating habits that will ensure your child has the healthiest start in life. Eating not only provides the necessary nutrients for growth and development but also shapes lifelong food habits and establishes a healthy relationship with food.

Parents have a number of important decisions to make when it comes to nutrition for your baby:

    • Breastfeeding or formula feeding
    • The timing and method of introducing solid foods
    • The types of foods your child is exposed to
    • The experience your child associates with meal-times and eating

Each of these decisions play a role in shaping your child’s relationship with food for the rest of their life.



Breastmilk is the perfect food due to its unique properties that help with growth, development and immunity. Breastfeeding may haveInformation about breastfeeding babies aged 3-12 months its challenges for some families, so it is important to know that you are not alone. If you are having difficulties Ngala recommends that you seek support from a family member or friend who has successfully breastfed, a lactation consultant, your child health nurse, community nurse or organisations like Ngala or the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia’s peak health organisation) recommends, when possible, exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is six-months old and beyond 6 months in tandem with the introduction of some solids.

Breastmilk is a complete source of nutrients for your baby until six-months of age. Until this age, your baby’s digestive system is still immature and breastmilk is easy to digest and offers the maximum protection against stomach infections.

More on Breastfeeding and When breastfeeding does not go as planned


Introduction to SolidsInformation about introducing solids to your baby

Did you know that the largest proportion of nutrition and energy in the first 12-months comes from the milk your baby drinks (Breastmilk and/or Formula) and not solids?

Current research recommends that six months is a safe and appropriate age to begin solid food. Between six to nine months a baby’s iron stores begin to deplete and therefore a gradual introduction of good iron sources such as baby rice cereal, legumes and meat are recommended. Breastmilk continues to be an easily absorbable source of iron.

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For families of babies and young children who reside or work in W.A.,
if you need further assistance contact the
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Telephone 9368 9368 or Country Access 1800 111 546
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