Low Birth Weight

Small for Gestational Age, Premature (born before 37 weeks), and low birth weight babies (born weighing less than 2 500 grams) are an important public health concern, especially in developing countries.

This section covers the importance of adopting different nutrition approaches to manage low birth weight and highlights the importance of good nutrition for the health on infants and its long-term benefits. Browse through the scientific resources supplied by the Nestle Nutrition Institute Africa for use in your daily practice and/or studies.


Everything about HMOs

Everything about HMO's

Around the 1930’s, scientists discovered that the type of lactose found in human breastmilk contains a carbohydrate fraction, which they were able to characterise as the bifidogenic factor consisting of oligosaccharides.

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


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).


Feeding the fetus

Feeding the fetus

In the womb, babies get all they need from their mother’s body. What happens when there’s a problem with the mother’s diet?


Meeting the iron needs of young children

Maintaining adequate iron levels can be difficult due to iron’s poor bioavailability. Read more to learn about the effects of an excess or lack of iron in young children.

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