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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Northern Territory infant feeding guidelines (2005)

Author

Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services

City

Darwin

Type

Report

Institution

Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services

 

Description

The purpose of the Infant Feeding Guidelines is to assist all health staff in the Northern Territory (NT) to provide appropriate and consistent nutrition advice and support to families and caregivers about feeding infants. These are population guidelines and apply to all healthy, term (greater than thirty-seven weeks gestation) infants. The overriding message of the guidelines, which is in line with current NHMRC recommendation, is to support and promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, and to commence appropriate complementary feeding at about 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding throughout the first year of life and beyond, as long as mutually desired. Overall the document promotes that improving infant feeding practices is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions.

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Contact details

Department of Health and Community Services
Health House
87 Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8999 2400
Fax: (08) 8999 2700

Child Health Nutritionist
Ph: (08) 8922 7810

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Last updated: 22 May 2012
 
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