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Proposed Changes to NHMRCs 2012 Infant Feeding Guidelines submission

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19
This submission reflects the views of
Organisation Name: 
Centre for Children's Health and Wellbeing, CHQ
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Government department – State / Territory
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Question 1
Do you agree with the proposed change? If no, please provide rationale and relevant citations: 
We agree with the changes from “Soy or goat’s milk-based formulas are not suitable for infants with allergies to cow’s milk based formulas” to “There is no evidence that the use of soy or goat’s milk-based formulas will prevent the development of allergies to cow’s milk-based formulas” and “Goat’s milk-based formulas are not suitable alternatives for infants with allergies to cow’s milk-based formulas”, as the information is consistent with the evidence provided on the Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines Section 8.5.1 (page 81). However, we suggest incorporating an explicit statement within the Summary of Advice (Bottle Feeding) (page 5), stating that soy-milk based formulas may be suitable for infants with cow’s milk based formula allergies.
Question 3
Do you agree with the proposed change? If no, please provide rationale and relevant citations: 
We agree with the changes from “Exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months reduces food allergies” to “Exclusive breastfeeding to around 6 months, and continued breastfeeding to 12 months and beyond while foods are being introduced is consistent with available evidence around reducing risk of food allergies”. Firstly, the changes from “exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months…” to “exclusive breastfeeding to around 6 months...” are consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommendations (Guideline 4: Encourage, support and promote breastfeeding) and Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines Information Section 1.2.1 (page 16). Secondly, we agreed with the addition of ‘...and continued breastfeeding to 12 months and beyond while foods are being introduced is consistent with available evidence around risk of food allergies’, as the information is aligned with the recommendations provided on the Australian Dietary Guidelines (Guideline 4: Encourage, support and promote breastfeeding), the Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines Section 1.2.1 (page 16) and provides clarity on appropriate infant feeding practices for optimal health and prevention of allergies.

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