Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Baby feeding

Having a new baby can be a time of great anxiety, as well as pleasure. How to feed the baby? How often do babies feed? Is breastfeeding best? When do things change? When should you introduce solids? What to do if the baby is not feeding properly? Parents need to work out answers to these questions that fit with experts’ recommendations, and also that fit with their lives. It is important to discuss these questions with your midwives, nurses and doctor if you believe there are problems and your baby is not feeding as you expect. And to understand how the routine of feeding changes from the newborn to older infants. Follow the links below to find trusted information about baby feeding, or learn ore about feeding your baby on Pregnancy, Birth and Baby.

Recommended links

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Found 158 results

Baby feeding - myDr.com.au

Breastfeeding is best for baby feeding. Breast milk is easily digested, economical, safe and the right temperature. Find out what products are available for baby feeding.

Read more on myDr website

Caring for a baby - feeding and sleeping

Many parents, particularly mothers, talked about what it was like caring for a baby. Feeding and settling (sleeping and crying) were key issues which often posed significant challenges for many new parents.

Read more on Healthtalk Australia website

Baby Feeding (Video)

Dr. Joe discusses the age-old question: should we feed babies on demand or follow a schedule?

Read more on Parenthub website

Baby feeding- how to feed a baby

Baby feeding is complex and many new mums wonder exactly what they should be feeding their baby and when. Is 6 months really the time to start solids? Should you really wait until two years to start weaning? Find out what baby feeding guidelines say about how to feed your baby.

Read more on Parenthub website

Miracle Babies - Feeding

Read more on Miracle Babies Foundation website

Baby feeding- introducing solids before 6 months the disadvantages

Breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months and then starting solids gradually while continuing to give breastmilk, provides the best nutrition for your baby. Introducing solids early can lead to nutritional problems and emotional and physical development delays. Find out more about the disadvantages of introducing solids for baby early.

Read more on Parenthub website

Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Aboriginal - healthy food and drinks for your grandkids

Many newborn babies need to feed very often, day and night. The more often babies feed, the more milk mums will make.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Baby Advice & Parenting Tips From Newborn to Young Children | Tresillian

Check out Tresillian's top tips and advice on the best way to approach issues such as settling baby, breastfeeding, babys feed, play and sleep routine and more.

Read more on Tresillian website

Common concerns mum | Australian Breastfeeding Association

Do I need to wake my baby for feeds?

Read more on Australian Breastfeeding Association website

Baby Sleep and Feeding Video

Dr Joe discusses baby sleep and night time feeding including how much sleep babies need, how they should sleep and when they should feed at night in this video.

Read more on Parenthub website

Check your symptoms Find a health service

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice and information you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo
Feedback