Dairy and your Lifestage


Breastfeeding is the healthiest start for your baby. In Australia, its recommended infants are exclusively breastfed until around six months of age and continue to 12 months where possible. If your baby is not breastfed or partially breastfed, infant formulas should be used as an alternative to breast milk until 12 months of age.

Regular-fat yogurt, cheese and custard can be introduced around the age of six months along with the introduction of other solid foods. Regular-fat dairy products provide the extra energy your baby needs for growth.

Milk should not be given as the main drink to infants under 12 months of age but small amounts can be used when making solid foods like cereals and custards for babies aged around six months.

Regular-fat milk may be introduced as a drink at around 12 months of age and continued as your child gets older. Low-fat and reduced-fat milks are not recommended for children under the age of two years.

Find out more in our Infants fact sheet.