The National Health and Medical Research Council will soon release new guidelines for infant feeding, which will relax its current recommendation that babies be exclusively breastfed for six months.
The new draft guidelines state that weaning should commence at "around six months of age", giving parents more leeway to introduce solids at four or five months.
The NHMRC's existing limit of six months mirrors that of the World Health Organisation, but clashes with advice from Australia's top allergy specialists.
What an outrageously irresponsible and confusing report.
There is NO WAY NHMRC would recommend weaning (as in stopping breast milk) at 6 months which is how the article is worded.
From my readings, the NHMRC are NOT changing their guidelines. They recently reviewed the research and the guidelines will remain "around 6 mths" for the introduction of solids. That does not translate to four or five months as stated in the article.
Let's not forget The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy have sponsors from Baby food companies. Call me a cynic. http://www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/sponsors