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Best Practice for Infant Feeding in Ireland - A Guide for Healthcare Professionals

Thursday, 26 September 2013

From pre-conception through the first year of an infant’s life

It is recognised worldwide that the first 1,000 days of life - between conception and the child’s 2nd birthday, offer a unique opportunity to shape healthier futures. The right nutrition at this time can have a profound impact on society, playing a critical role in obesity and chronic disease prevention.

During this period, complicated feeding methods and skills are required for best practice – especially from conception up to the end of the first year of life. Research in Ireland has shown that parents in Ireland want more practical food-based information to cover this important life-stage.

This guidance document offers practical advice on all aspects of food and nutrition from conception through the first year of life. All the information in this booklet is based on the Scientific Recommendations for a National Infant Feeding Policy, 2nd Edition, 2011.

See also amendment to guidance on using bottled water for infant formula.