Contemporary aspects of infant feeding

Contemporary aspects of infant feeding

Margaret Lawson Senior research fellow, Childhood Nutrition Research Centre, Institute of Child Health London

Early dietary influences, even before birth, can have an effect on growth, which in turn has a profound influence on adult health. Formula-fed infants have a different growth pattern from that of breast-fed babies and a greater risk of developing obesity. However, infant formulas, when correctly prepared and handled, are a safe alternative for mothers who do not wish to or are unable to breast feed. A balanced view of the nutritional benefits of breast milk and infant feed formulas allows professionals to share sound advice with mothers.

Nursing Children and Young People. 19, 2,39-45. doi: 10.7748/paed2007.

Published in print: 01 March 2007