Nutrition and nurturing is critical for children, particularly during their first years.
Before considering to bottle feed your baby, please seek the advice of your doctor, midwife or healthcare professional.
Good maternal nutrition is preferred for breast feeding and the introduction of bottle feeding may lead to a reduction in your own breast milk supply, and may be difficult to reverse once bottle feeding is introduced. There are various factors which should be considered when selecting a method of feeding for your baby.
Breast feeding is the optimal way to feed a baby given the natural vitamins and proteins which mother’s milk provides.
These nutrients include: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, proteins, fatty acids, minerals, trace elements, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. The health benefits of these vitamins are life-long and support optimal growth and development. The National Infant Nutrition Council stresses breast milk also contains non-nutritional components which greatly benefit babies, including digestive enzymes, hormones, and antimicrobial factors.
For more information on nutrition and feeding options for your babies, the below documents may be of assistance.
- Infant Feeding Guidelines. Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council (2012). National Health and Medical Research Council.
- Get Up & Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood – The Australian Department of Health
Should you be seeking more information, another point of contact includes:
The Maternal Child Health Line is available 24 hours a day Tel. 132 229 (Australia wide)
Freedom Foods is a Member of the Infant Nutrition Council of Australia and New Zealand