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Scientific Recommendations for a National Infant Feeding Policy

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The first year of life is a period of rapid growth which sees the infant triple their birth weight and double their surface area.

Infant feeding has an important effect on growth and development, not only in the early period of life, but also on health during childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and older age. There is increasing evidence that many illnesses, which present in adulthood, may have origins in infant feeding during the first year of life.

This report acknowledges a number of improvements in infant feeding practices have occurred within Ireland over the past 10 years in addition to a number of key issues relating to milk and complementary feeding still exist.

See also amendment to guidance on use of bottled water for infant formula

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