Every year, the entire month of September is being celebrated as Nutrition month. This year, the theme is Rashtriya POSHAN MAHH and it focuses on the Prevention of Malnutrition & 1st 1000 Days.
The first 1000 days refers to the period that begins with pregnancy planning and goes up to when the child reaches her/his second birthday.
Why the first 1000 days really matter??
The care & nourishment for the first 1000 days (from conception until 2 years) has a profound impact on a child’s ability to grow learn & thrive. Foundation for their lifelong health is built on certain building blocks. They are:
This ensures good brain development, healthy birth weight for the baby & reduces the risk of anemia among mothers. So, a mother should include additional amounts of foods rich in folic acid, iron, vitamin D, calcium, vitamin B12 & protein.
Breast milk uniquely tailored to meet the health needs of a growing baby & it enhances the baby’s immunity.
A weaning food must be:
While weaning baby:
12-24 months (1-2 yrs):
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