A newborn's nutritional needs are higher than adults
During babies’ first year of life their nutritional needs are higher than those of adults. Babies have small tummies, but big nutritional needs because their bodies are rapidly growing in the first years of life.
Nov 4, 2016
As their bellies are smaller than those of adults, they need food that is relatively rich in energy and nutrients. Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for all infants up to around 6 months, when other solid foods can be introduced. Solid foods should come from a balanced nutritious diet including foods from each of the food groups (vegetables, fruit, meat and other protein sources, dairy foods, grains and cereals).
We believe that breastfeeding is the ideal nutritional start for babies.
During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. A decision not to breastfeed, or to introduce partial bottle feeding, could reduce the supply of breast milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, including the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.
We recognise that breastfeeding is not always an option for some parents. No matter your feeding choice, Nestlé Baby & me is here to share the latest information to help you feel supported and confident on your parenthood journey.
As every child’s development is different, be sure to consult with your health care professional for individual advice about feeding your baby.
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