The right nutrition for the first 6 months
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?