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As parents we want to make sure we do our very best for our children. Right from the very beginning at conception, throughout the nine months of pregnancy and beyond, we’re always putting them first and attending to their needs. We’ll read up on the latest guidance from health experts including those from SMA Nutrition, soak up all the tips and tricks from other mums in the know and make sure our bundle of joys have everything they need to thrive as they develop and grow up.
One of the best ways to support your child’s health is to ensure that they have access to good nutrition during their first 1,000 days; from the early days of pregnancy right through to their second birthday. Their development throughout these 1,000 days is rather amazing as they change from a tiny cell into a walking, talking toddler and it’s so important that they have good nutrition.
When I was pregnant with my own child, I made sure that I took specific pregnancy vitamins on the advice of my GP to ensure that I had all the recommended nutrients to support baby’s development. My diet for the first few months wasn’t particularly great as I was suffering with morning sickness so I needed all the help I could get to help grow our baby. Throughout my pregnancy I always tried to make sure I ate foods that helped to boost my immune system to keep me healthy and well.
As my due date neared, I wanted to breastfeed to give my baby a strong nutritional foundation for life as breastfeeding can positively affect a baby’s growth and development.
Breast milk contains protein which is pretty amazing stuff and is such a valuable nutrient. It’s the foundation for cells, the brain and other tissues. I remember how quickly Olly changed during those first few weeks and it’s incredible to think just how quickly his brain was developing and all those cells were forming and growing making him stronger every day.
One of the many reasons breastfeeding is recommended is because it’s proven to support an appropriate rate of growth* in infancy (*UK-WHO growth charts based on the growth of breastfed infants, and WHO/DH advice to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months). Having an appropriate rate of growth is important as it can help lower the chances of babies becoming overweight in later life.
When our babies need to grow quickly, breast milk contains lots of protein to help satisfy our babies and support their rapid growth. The protein level in breastmilk gradually changes over time as our babies don’t need so much. How amazing are our bodies that they know how much protein our babies need? It’s absolutely fascinating how the quality and quantity of protein in breastmilk changes with the growth of our children.
Because the protein in breastmilk changes over time and adapts to the growth of your baby, this means your baby is less likely to have too much and less likely to grow too fast! This is one of the reasons why breastfed infants have a reduced risk of obesity in later life, which is steadily becoming such a worry for parents.
Through their research SMA Nutrition have been able to understand the importance of protein for a baby’s key development and have helped babies like mine, thrive and take on the challenges during those first 1,000 days.