When should I start introducing solids?
Up to 50% of pregnancies are likely to be unplanned, so all women of childbearing age need to be aware of the importance of a healthy diet. Every infant and child has the right to good nutrition according to the "Convention on the Rights of the Child".
A healthy diet is important for both the baby and mother throughout pregnancy and after birth.
Overweight women are likely to want to breastfeed – but have more difficulty doing so, and could benefit from good quality support.
Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months has many benefits for the infant and mother.
Breast-milk is also an important source of energy and nutrients in children aged 6–23 months.
Breast-milk is also a critical source of energy and nutrients during illness and reduces mortality among children who are malnourished.
Longer durations of breastfeeding also contribute to the health and well-being of mothers.
Around the age of 6 months, an infant’s need for energy and nutrients starts to exceed what is provided by breast milk, and complementary foods are necessary to meet those needs.
Families and children in difficult circumstances require special attention and practical support. Breastfeeding remains the preferred mode of infant feeding in almost all difficult situations.
The best way for you to encourage healthy eating is to eat well yourself. Kids will follow the lead of the adults they see every day.
What you achieve
By teaching your children healthy eating habits, and modelling these behaviours in yourself, you can help your children maintain a healthy weight and normal growth. Also, the eating habits your children pick up when they are young will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults.
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