The right nutrition for the first 6 months
Experts are recommending 5 things to parents, to help them protect their baby from future disease.
breastfeeding baby

The Early Life Nutrition experts have been compiling more research, this time to provide a defense against later diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, allergies and cardiac disease.  

“Pre-conception, pregnancy, infancy and early childhood represent critical windows of opportunity for parents to adopt lifestyle changes and nutritional strategies that can improve foetal and childhood development and lower the risks of their children developing certain allergic and metabolic diseases in later life,” said neonatologist, Associate Professor John Sinn.

So what do they recommend?

1. Breastfeed for as long as possible.

2. Keep taking your iodine supplements while you are breastfeeding.

3. Ensure adequate energy intake while breastfeeding.

4. Maintain a balanced diet while breastfeeding and don’t avoid potential allergenic foods, unless a known allergy exists.

5. Start solids between four and six months while continuing to breastfeed. Include potential allergenic foods early.

What nutritional changes did you make to your diet during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and your child’s first six months?

5 things to do during his first six months for baby's future health

This article was written by Margaret Rafferty for Kidpsot, New Zealand's favourite parenting resource for Early Life Nutrition.
Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breast milk. Always consult your doctor, midwife or health care professional for advice about feeding your baby. This post is part of the Early Life Nutrition story.
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