Dr. Katie Lacy

Dr. Katie Lacy

Dr. Lacy is a Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Science in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University. Her work focuses on preventing childhood obesity through good nutrition.

Location Location Deakin University, Geelong, Australia


  • @SueMcDonald Yes, that would be fine but panfrying can sometimes toughen meat a bit. The important things are that the meat is well cooked (to prevent foodborne illness) and has a texture that is safe (to prevent choking) and acceptable to the child. Pureeing meat is a good idea at 6 months to prevent choking and because smooth textures are more likely to be...

  • @EmilyHobson While some vegetables do contain iron, the iron that they contain is not as readily absorbed by the body as the iron provided in meat, fish and poultry. Bone broths can be made in many ways using different ingredients, which means it can be difficult to know the concentrations and types of nutrients that have gone into the broth. While bone broths...

  • Some sugars occur naturally in foods and some are added to enhance flavour. Infants do not need added sugars. In Australia, ready-prepared infant foods with more than 4g of added sugars per 100g must be labelled as "sweetened".

  • Yes, eating more iron-rich foods is great. Pureed meats are excellent sources of iron but they may not be as readily accepted by infants as iron-fortified cereals. Iron-fortified cereals are particularly important when infants are still learning to like pureed meats.
    In general, iron is absorbed better from foods where it occurs naturally.

  • Hi Mirela, You are correct. The table should say 3-4 serves of fruit per week instead of 10 serves per week. Thank you for picking up this typo.

  • That's great Matteo.

  • Thanks for sharing, Robin.

  • The food environment has changed quite a bit since the 1980s in many countries. Would you like to share where you are from?

  • The amounts in the table are useful as guidelines but individual children will vary somewhat in their food intake. The important thing is that the child is growing appropriately and that their diet contains breastmilk or infant formula and a variety of foods from the food groups.

  • It's interesting to highlight these differences between countries. These cereals tend to be recommended in Australia and the US.

  • You may want to have a look at page 12 of the Infant Feeding Guidelines Summary document (a PDF of this document is available here: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/n56). It has information about some alternatives to dairy milk.

  • Hello Everyone,
    I've really enjoyed reading through all of your posts. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences, knowledge and opinions. It's fascinating to hear from people from around the world. Keep up the great work!

  • Thank you for sharing. I'm glad the course has been helpful to you.

  • Thank you, Alison. I'm glad the image was helpful to you.

  • Gracias. (Thanks for sharing Andrea.)

  • Thanks for sharing Ange. Iron-fortified foods are certainly not the only options, but they can be helpful when babies are first learning to eat and may not be ready for other iron-rich foods such as meat. Iron-fortified cereals can also be mixed with other foods to boost their iron content.

  • Thanks for sharing Sarah. The photo is just an example of what a child around 1 year could be eating. There would be lots of variability between children and even between days for the same child.