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Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

mother feeding babyIf 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:

Nip Allergies in the Bub

Allergy Prevention Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

ASCIA Information on how to introduce solid foods to babies for allergy prevention

Content updated December 2019


If you are having an allergic reaction follow advice on your ASCIA Action Plan.

If in doubt, give the Anapen® or EpiPen®.

Do not call us for emergency advice.

If you do not have an ASCIA Action Plan and/or an Anapen® or EpiPen® call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.