Infant Feeding. Breast milk is the best and optimum source of nutrition. What are the benefits?. The Department of Health and WHO cite research evidence that Breast milk provides all the nutrients a baby needs for healthy growth and development for the first six months of life
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Breast milk is the best and optimum source of nutrition
The Department of Health and WHO cite research evidence that
Exclusive breast feeding for the first six months (26 weeks) of an infant’s life
Breast feeding (or infant formulae if used) should continue beyond the first six months, along with appropriate types and amounts of solid food
No evidence to suggest that giving baby solid food prior to six months has any health advantage
Infants should be managed individually so that any deficit in growth and development is identified and managed appropriately
All infants are individuals and require a flexible approach to optimise their nutritional needs
Mother should be supported in their choice of feeding
Breast Feeding Initiation rates have
increased to 76% in 2005 compared to
69% in 2000 across the UK
Breast feeding rates decline rapidly after
6 weeks, so how can Childcare Centres
support continued breast feeding?