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Pediatric and Maternal Nutrition

Maternal nutrition during pregnancy significantly impacts fetal growth and development. Adequate maternal intake of essential nutrients like folate, iron, and calcium is crucial for the baby's health. Proper nutrition during pregnancy helps reduce the risk of birth complications and promotes healthy birth weight. Breastfeeding is recommended as the best source of nutrition for infants up to six months, providing essential antibodies and nutrients. Exclusive breastfeeding supports optimal growth and development during the first six months of life. Introducing complementary foods after six months, along with continued breastfeeding, ensures a balanced diet for infants. Pediatric nutrition plays a pivotal role in supporting growth, cognitive development, and immune function in children. Early exposure to a variety of foods can help prevent picky eating and foster healthy eating habits later in life. Age-appropriate portions and balanced meals with a mix of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains are essential for children's nutrition.

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Paediatric & Neonatal Nutritionist, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai

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Maternal nutrition during pregnancy significantly impacts fetal growth and development. Adequate maternal intake of essential nutrients like folate, iron, and calcium is crucial for the baby's health. Proper nutrition during pregnancy helps reduce the risk of birth complications and promotes healthy birth weight. Breastfeeding is recommended as the best source of nutrition for infants up to six months, providing essential antibodies and nutrients. Exclusive breastfeeding supports optimal growth and development during the first six months of life. Introducing complementary foods after six months, along with continued breastfeeding, ensures a balanced diet for infants. Pediatric nutrition plays a pivotal role in supporting growth, cognitive development, and immune function in children. Early exposure to a variety of foods can help prevent picky eating and foster healthy eating habits later in life. Age-appropriate portions and balanced meals with a mix of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains are essential for children's nutrition.