The foundations for healthy eating habits are already laid in a mother’s womb and during early childhood: nutritional deficiencies developed during pregnancy and up to the end of the second year of life are difficult to reverse later on.
The Austrian recommendations on complementary feeding give parents access to information that is standardised and based on the latest scientific findings on introduction of complementary foods into a child’s diet for the first time in Austria. These recommendations on complementary feeding for infants are the result of the "Healthy eating from the start!" programme, a cooperation project between the Federal Ministry of Health, Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions and Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety on the development of early eating habits. These recommendations on complementary feeding were developed together with experts from the fields of nutrition and child health.