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Evolving Nutrition Strategies for Infants & Toddlers

Aug 29, 2017 02:29PM ● By The Hood Magazine

By: Holly Swee

Nutrition research is ever changing and research regarding recommendations surrounding infant and toddler nutrition continues to emerge.  It’s known that during the first year of a child’s life, the main source of nutrition is breast milk or an iron-fortified baby formula.  Experts agree that meeting iron and zinc requirements during key stages of growth and development in the first year of life is crucial. Around six months of age the infant will start showing indications that they are ready for solid foods. The transition from exclusive breastfeeding or formula feeding to the addition of solid foods, is referred to as complementary feeding.

There is new evolving research available to help health professionals provide a variety of nutrition strategies so parents can make informed choices when providing nutritious complementary first foods that supports early growth and development of the child.  

Read more to learn the newest information regarding the crucial nutrients needed as well as supportive complementary first foods for infants and toddlers. 

Holly Swee, RD, LN, is Director of Nutrition & Consumer Information at the South Dakota Beef Industry Council

1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Pediatric Nutrition Handbook. 7th ed. Elk Grove, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2014. 
2. Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. Guiding principles for complementary feeding of the breastfed child. Washington DC: Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization; 2003.
3. US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Infant Nutrition and Feeding: A Guide for Use in the WIC and CSF Programs. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 2009. [FNS-288]

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