Mounting research through the past few decades continues to highlight the role nutrition plays during infancy and its effect on factors relevant to health later in life including cardiovascular health, allergies, bone health, and the development of obesity.
Essentials for infants and young children
The first 1,000 days between the onset of a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday offer a unique window of opportunity for nutrition to shape healthier futures.
It is essential that infants (0-12 months) and young children (1-3 years) receive the necessary nutrients at appropriate levels to help set them on a path to a long, healthy life.
Breast milk continues to be the nutritional gold standard for infant feeding, but in situations where breast milk is not available to the infant, parents rely on formulas and fortified foods designed to deliver the nutrients needed for optimal growth and development.
These key nutrients promote healthy growth and development by supporting brain and eye development, maintaining a healthy immune system, and ensuring normal skeletal development.
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