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Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

If you have a family history of allergic conditions, it makes sense to try and reduce the risk of your children developing allergic diseases.

There are some simple steps you can take: 

  • Don’t smoke during pregnancy;

  • Breast feed your baby for at least six months, if possible;

  • Delay the introduction of infant formula or solid foods until the child is 4-6 months of age;

  • Introduce foods one at a time in small portions, waiting 2-3 days before introducing another new food. 

For more information on prevention and feeding see:

pdf5 Things you should know about Food Allergies643.73 KB

ASCIA Allergy Prevention in Children

ASCIA Information for Parents - How to introduce solid foods to infants

Content updated January 2017


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