Update of the “Austrian Complementary Food Recommendations” | Austria Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), 04.06.2022

Nutrition during the first 1000 days is essential

Vienna (OTS) During the first 1,000 days of life, the course is set for children to grow up healthy. Needs-based nutrition in infancy and early childhood is of great importance for the normal and healthy development of children, as later metabolic function and taste development are influenced by early childhood nutrition, among others. stuff.

The experts at “Eat right from the start!” (REVAN), a health promotion program for pregnant and lactating women and children up to ten years of age, have updated the “Austrian Complementary Food Recommendations”, which first appeared in 2010, based on the current state of knowledge. scientific and added important topics. The updated complementary food recommendations have been subject to extensive consultation by experts in the field of child health and nutrition and approved by the National Nutrition Commission (NEK).

In addition to information on the appropriate age for the introduction of complementary feeding, the optimal time of day for the first complementary feeding, the start of the drink, the taste characteristics, the energy and nutritional requirements of the infant and the preparation recommendations, shows how iodine supply can be improved at the complementary feeding age or alternative methods of complementary feeding can be used to pay more attention to the individual needs and preferences of the infant. In addition, the updated recommendations help with the selection of suitable infant formulas and follow-on formulas.

In the updated “Austrian Complementary Food Recommendations” all health professionals involved in infant feeding receive clear recommendations and answers for the advice and support of parents and young carers. The recommendations support optimal nutrition from the start to help support healthy growth. Parent information materials are also available based on updated recommendations.

The updated version of the “Austrian Complementary Food Recommendations” was approved by the National Nutrition Commission on January 26, 2022 and is available for download here:


REVAN is a health promotion program for pregnant and lactating women and children up to ten years of age, which was launched in 2008 by AGES, the Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (BMSGPK) and the umbrella organization Austrian Social Insurance (DV).

Questions and contact:

Mag.a Melanie Bruckmüller, Dr. at Birgit Dieminger-Schnürch
AGES – Center for Nutrition and Prevention
eat right from the start@ages.in


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