UK toddler diets contain, on average, only 27% of the reference nutrient intake (RNI) for vitamin D* and concern about the associated detrimental health effects is growing. Click here to find out more. *Bates B et al. National Diet and Nutrition Survey: Headline results from Years 1 and 2 (combined) of the Rolling Programme: London: HMSO, 2010
For most of human history there has been just one source of nutrition for babies before weaning, that is of course human milk suckled from the breast. Only in the last 100 or so years have substitutes based on modified cows’ milk been available and even today, with all the science behind these, there is still overwhelming evidence and belief that breastmilk is the very best for the young infant. Breastfeeding is therefore the most natural and best option, and yet many modern mums either never start or give up before their baby is fully weaned.
Specific reasons to breastfeed It is taken for granted by professionals and parents alike that ‘breast is best’. However, it is important that professionals are knowledgeable about the benefits of breastfeeding, understand the physiology of breastfeeding and the problems that mothers and ...
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