The first 1000 days of a child's life (from conception to their second birthday) is life changing for many parents, especially new mums and dads. SMA Nutrition is working with health columnist and medic Dr Ellie Cannon to help to further educate parents about nutrition and protein levels at this important time. Becoming a parent for the first time can be very daunting, having someone dependant on you, and not knowing what’s around the corner. Although 1000 days may not sound like a long time, they are a uniquely special time that can have a real effect on how your baby develops, grows and learns. Not just now but for the rest of their life! It's important to know that the nutrition and protein you provide them with now will have an impact that lasts far beyond their first 1000 days.
The first days of nutrition including 270 days of pregnancy, 365 days of their first year and 365 days of year two are so important for both mum and baby. Harry has only just turned one but I remember Amelia's first 1000 days like they were yesterday, and the first days of nutrition are so important for both mum and baby Which means a balanced diet during pregnancy, exclusively breastfeeding your baby for the first 6 months (if possible) and a combination of a wide variety of nutrient rich foods such as fish, vegetables and eggs.
I never really understood the importance of pre-natal vitamins before I fell pregnant with Amelia, and as I didn't find out I was pregnant with her until I was nearly 20 weeks it was too late to take them. When I found out I was pregnant with Harry I started taking them instantly especially as I never really had a nutritional diet myself I wanted to ensure that baby did.
Amelia has always been a fussy eater from the word go however Harry will eat anything I put in front of him. I have always tried to give them a balanced diet full of nutritional foods and even when Amelia wouldn't eat what she was given I would either blend it up or make her a smoothie instead.
I breastfed Amelia for over two years, however Harry didn't take to it as well and we only managed around 12 weeks although I'm glad I stuck it out for that long as he still benefited from some of those nutrients whilst breastfeeding. One thing I have noticed from not breastfeeding is that Harry is prone to many more colds than Amelia ever was. Amelia was very rarely ill in her baby years and didn't get her first cold until she was around one and a half whereas Harry must have had at least 20 before he even turned one.
Protein in milk is one of the key components in breastmilk that helps to ensure healthy growth and development in your baby. The protein level in breastmilk changes as your baby grows, meaning it contains the right quality and quantity to help them grow at a steady rate. It can also decrease their chances of being overweight or obese in later life which is just fascinating to know that you've helped your baby follow the appropriate rate of growth.
SMA Nutrition is looking to educate pregnant women and Mums about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life (from conception to their second birthday). During this time, protein is a hugely important factor in shaping a baby’s future – the right nutrition means the right development and growth. With over 90 years’ experience in infant nutrition SMA Nutrition have gained a deep understanding of the importance of protein and the role it plays in a baby's development. Research has been conducted and shows that 51% of mums wished there was more information available on the importance of protein in the first 1,000 days and 45% wanted more insight into the appropriate rate of growth in this time.
As a result, SMA Nutrition have produced a hub of helpful articles and a video on protein in the first 1,000 days which you can view here.
* In collaboration with SMA Nutrition. For details on how I work with brands take a look at my work with me page.
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