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Early Life Nutrition

Recent scientific research indicates that a minority of a baby’s health is determined by the genes and the majority is influenced by the environment in early life, which you can positively influence, of which nutrition is an essential part.

The right nutrition from pre-conception, pregnancy, infancy and through to toddlerhood, can have a profound impact on a child’s development and long-term health.

Nutrition is one of the most easily modified environmental factors during early childhood and has been shown to strongly influence growth and development, as well as reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and allergy in later life.

This website provides information on the role of good early life nutrition as well as scientific recommendations from medical experts for maximising foetal and infant development which may help optimise health throughout childhood and into adult life.

Founded on evidence-based research on early life nutrition, these recommendations have been developed by a panel of expert physicians and scientists from across Australia and New Zealand.

  • Two useful PDF documents can be downloaded from this website - one for health professionals and researchers, and the other for the general public, with practical advice for parents-to-be.