Growth & Development

Nutrition plays a powerful role in early life programming and in so doing, impacts a child’s growth and development, as well as their future health. Health science has revealed, for example, that there is a relationship between early nutrition and the development of conditions like stunting, obesity and diabetes during childhood and later in life.

This section covers all aspects of the importance of maternal and infant nutrition in the first 1 000 days, including nutrition in pregnancy, epigenetics, nutrigenomics, metabolic programming, breastfeeding diet, healthy eating, growth & cognitive development, and a whole lot more.

The content also extents to nutrition in the toddler years, a period of rapid cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. Changing nutritional needs accompany these developmental milestones and the toddler’s diet has an impact in establishing food preferences and healthy eating behaviours. These choices in a young child’s life may have lasting impacts on dietary patterns and body weight.


The Parenting Index

The Parenting Index 2021

The Parenting Index was commissioned by Nestlé as part of its ongoing commitment to support families in the first 1,000 days of life, with a methodology developed and executed by Kantar. The Parenting Index provides a new framework for understanding

Born Too Soon or Too Small

Born Too Soon or Too Small

The 81st Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop,titled ‘Low Birth Weight Baby: Born Too Soon or TooSmall’ was held in Magaliesburg, South Africa from30


Volume 29 - No 2

In the second SAJCN journal of 2016, original research conducted focusses on:
The effects of rising food prices on household food security on female-headed households in Runnymede Village, Mopani District, South Africa, The determinants of


Early feeding in the NICU

Early feeding in the NICU

Registered dietitian, Inge Retief, discusses neuro development influences that are associated with inadequate nutritional support in infants in the context of the newborn intensive care unit (NICU).


Human Milk as the First Source of Nutrients

The nutrient requirements of young infants are higher per unit body weight than at any other time of life. The amount of nutrients in the milk of a well-nourished woman is sufficient to support optimal growth and development of her infant. However

Prof. Andrew M. Prentice

Human Milk Oligosaccharides and Health of Infants in Africa

Research in recent years has demonstrated that Human Mil Oligosaccharides (HMOs) play a contributory role in protecting infants from disease in developing countries This video at babies in low and middle-income countries and compares their growth


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