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Nutricia Research Shows: Your Baby's Future Health is in Your Hands

Every mother wants the best for her baby. Current research suggests that a maximum of 20% of a baby's future health is the result of genetics. At least 80% is determined by other factors in the baby's early years. However, it is possible to positively influence these factors from the very start. Of crucial importance here is nutrition.


The latest research into Early Life Nutritional Programming has found that nutrition plays a decisive role in the lifelong health of your baby, particularly during the phase spanning from conception to their second birthday.  The first 1,000 days of life is the most rapid period of key building blocks in your baby’s body — in particular for their brain, metabolism and immune system.

What is ENP?

Early Life Nutritional Programming: Nutricia’s research into early life nutrition studies the influence that a mother and child’s diet has on a baby’s future heath.

As an expectant mother, what this means for you is: Feeding your baby the right foods during the first year — initially with breastfeeding and later with baby food — can have a crucial impact on your baby's future health. Take advantage of this valuable opportunity to contribute to your child's future health!

Taking advantage of opportunities during the first few months

Breast milk is the best food for your baby — it is perfectly suited to your baby needs and contains all the necessary nutrients for healthy growth. Breast milk supports the development of organs and metabolic functions which have not yet completely matured. The nutrients contained in breast milk help strengthen the baby's immune system, reduce the long-term risk of allergies, defend against infections, and support the development of brain and nerve cells.

If breastfeeding isn't an option, then the only alternative is industrially-produced infant formula. Infant formula is available in different varieties which are made to meet the specific nutritional and energy demands of each stage of the baby's development. Each variety contains exactly those nutrients which are needed for a specific developmental phase.

Take advantage of opportunities in the weaning stage

Weaning is another opportunity to have a positive influence on your child's development through nutrition. (You should start to wean at the start of their fifth month at the earliest and the start of their seventh month at the latest.)

At this point of development, your child's metabolism, brain and immune system are going through rapid changes. And behavioral milestones such as laughing, grabbing and crawling are clear signs that this rapid development is now underway.

For this reason, your baby's nutritional needs continue to be high during this period, and his or her growth spurts are very much dependent on diet. Your child has used up nearly all of their iron reserves by about six months but pureéd food in the form of fruit, vegetables and grains will continue to provide plenty of vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

Our tip:

Make your baby's menu is as varied as possible. Offering your baby a wide range of foods not only supports their healthy development, it also influences their tastes and eating habits.

However, just because it's time to start weaning doesn't mean you should stop breastfeeding. The nutrients contained in breastmilk are still extremely important for the development of the brain, metabolism and the immune system.

Even if your baby is also bottlefeeding, it's important that they continue to receive breastmilk. This will ensure that your baby is getting everything they need and give you the confidence, knowing you are giving your child the very best.

We’re here with advice and services to help you lay the foundations for your baby's future health, by helping you to integrate the latest Early Life Nutritional Programming findings into your diet.

Take advantage of this opportunity to give your baby the best possible chance at a happy life: lots of love — and good health.

The first 1,000 days

The first 1,000 days — from conception to early childhood — is a unique period during which epigenetic processes play an important role. During this sensitive phase, it is possible to positively influence the development of key building blocks of your child's health — metabolism, the brain and the immune system — with the right nutrition and reduce the risk of illness later in life.

Take advantage of this opportunity and start contributing to your child's future health!

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