Early Life Nutrition

This is the time in a young life when healthy, balanced nutrition can leave an imprint that lasts a lifetime
Early Life Nutrition Overview

ELNoverviewFetal life, Infancy, and Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development that require sufficient energy and nutrition. This is the time in a young life when healthy, balanced nutrition can leave an imprint that lasts a lifetime. Early life nutrition has a significant impact on the brain, immunity and how the body responds to food or nutrients that in turn influence the likelihood of developing non-communicable disease as an adult, such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Smart nutrition planning starts in the earliest days of pregnancy and goes through age six. At each stage of a young life, Nutricia is dedicated to improving today’s and tomorrow’s generation through early life nutrition with care, insight and expertise.

Family Planning

value-1Healthy moms are more likely to have healthy babies. We now know that preparing an optimal Early Life Nutrition of a child should actually start before conception during the family planning stage. The first 12 weeks of pregnancy is the “golden period” of the infant’s genetic blueprint development that can shape the health at the rest of his/ her life.

Unfortunately, this is a period frequently missed as the mom is usually not yet aware of her early pregnancy. Therefore, future moms – women trying to conceive and those already pregnant – should always try to maintain their optimum health and have sufficient nutrient intake, particularly those required during pregnancy, such as iron and folic acid. For pregnant women, it’s not only a matter of how much you eat but also about what you eat.

The type and the amount of nutrients that the fetus receives in the womb will teach the infant’s body to react with nutrients when he/ she is born. Suboptimal fetal nutrients (under or over) will increase the risk of chronic disease in the adulthood that might be passed on to the next generation.

Infancy

value-1Breast milk is one of Mother Nature’s most wonderful creations. It is the “golden standard” of nutrition for infants for the first six months of life. Breast milk has perfect quantities and qualities of nutrients essential for an infant’s growth and development.

When breastfeeding could not be practiced due to health reasons, new mothers should consult their pediatrician for healthy alternatives that contain the right nutrients that can support the infant’s growth and development, including their brain and immune system development.

Toddlers 1-3

value-1The age of 1-3 years old could be seen as a period of transition and fast learning. The child’s physical ability develops so fast everyday: first walk, first talk, until they can run, jump and talk fluently.

The child also starts to put more interest on exploring and mimicking their surroundings, which makes them further exposed to unhygienic conditions. Not only physical, social and brain development, the age of 1-3 years is also the period of transition on their eating ability: from baby food to family food.

This is an important period to put a basic foundation on their feeding behavior that could support them to fulfill their growth and development potential. Therefore, the child needs to be exposed to balance nutrition: the right variety, the right amount and the right time of food.

Toddlers 3-6

value-1The toddler years are when children are more confident to express what they want yet they still very much depend on their caretakers. The weight and the height might not increase so much as previous years, but this period is still considered a fast growing one. Their social ability will develop very fast.

Children will be interested in so many activities and try so much. Thus, they need adequate energy and balanced nutrients to support their growth during this active period. Solid foods should be the main source of energy and nutrients for the toddler but milk remains part of their daily balanced diet because milk is nutrient dense and provides high qualities of protein, calcium, and iron that are needed in the toddler years.