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EARLY LIFE NUTRITION

Nutrition for the First Six Months

Benefits of breast milk

Nutritionally complete, breast milk contains valuable nutrients and components with health effects beyond nutrition. It can also help to create a special bond between mother and baby. 

A key benefit of breastfeeding is that it helps to establish and improve the newborn's gut microbiota. This is important for the development of their immune system as two-thirds of immune system cells are located in the gut.

Iodine when breastfeeding

By consuming enough iodine when breastfeeding, a mother can help support the development of her baby’s brain and nervous system

Folic acid when breastfeeding

It’s important that a breastfeeding mother gets enough folic acid, as this supports her baby’s normal growth and development.

Vitamin D for newborns

Vitamin D is important for normal bone structure and may reduce a child's risk of developing allergy. Most breast fed infants receive enough vitamin D through breast milk and casual exposure to sunlight. However, if concerned about a child's vitamin D level, consulting a healthcare professional is prudent.