Nutrition Week 2011

Diva Nutritional Products co-sponsored Nutrition Week from 9 – 15 October 2011.

Complementary Feeding – The first 1000 days:

When breast milk is no longer enough to meet the nutritional needs of the infant, complementary foods should be added to the diet of the child. The transition from exclusive breastfeeding to family foods, referred to as complementary feeding, typically covers the period from 6 to 18-24 months of age, and is a very vulnerable period. It is the time when malnutrition starts in many infants, contributing significantly to the high prevalence of malnutrition in children under five years of age world-wide. WHO estimates that 2 out of 5 children are stunted in low-income countries.

The Integrated Nutrition Programme, Department of Health, hosted 4 events in the community, 1 in each substructure (Southern/Western, Northern/ Tygerberg, Eastern/ Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain/Klipfontein). Community members and crèche teachers joined the interactive fun filled exhibition on complementary feeding where they learnt about…

  • When to start feeding their baby
  • What foods are best
  • How much and how often to feed their baby at each age
  • How to make safe, healthy food for babies

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