- Babies go through a rapid period of growth after birth. In fact they usually double their length and triple in weight within the first twelve months of life
- During pregnancy your baby builds up their body stores of some nutrients, such as iron, for their first 5-6 months of life
- Breast milk provides all the nutrition your baby needs in the first 6 months of life. Even when solids foods are being introduced breast milk remains an important source of nutrition
- If breast milk is not available the only suitable alternative is infant formula
- Breast milk or infant formula provide enough water for a healthy baby, until solid foods are introduced.
Breast milk meets all of your baby’s nutrition requirements, however, if you are unable to breast feed the only suitable alternative until 12 months of age is infant formula. Below are some of the essential nutrients and the role they have in your baby’s growth and development.
- Carbohydrates – main source of energy used by the body
- Protein – contributes to a small amount of the energy used by the body and is essential for growth as it provides the building blocks for the growing body
- Fat – also contributes to energy used by the body, helps aid in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins (Vitamin A, D, E and K) and is vital for growth and development
- Vitamins & Minerals – are vital and consist of a large group of nutrients to assist in protection and functioning of the body.