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Adequate Nutrient Intakes for Infancy

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The global WHO and UNICEF recommendations are that all children should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, followed by the introduction of safe and adequate complementary foods together with continued breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond. During the first six months of life, exclusively breastfed infants in developing countries can receive similar volumes of milk to those produced by mothers of developed countries.1,2 Unfortunately this does not guarantee that these infants also receive adequate amounts of nutrients for optimal growth and development, as maternal malnutrition impairs milk quality.3 This article looks at some of the issues surrounding “adequate intakes” of micronutrients and breastfeeding in infancy, but focuses on the first six months of life

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Year 2012
Authors David I Thurnham
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/IBQC1621
DOI Number 10.52439/IBQC1621
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