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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Infant nutrition

Children grow very quickly in their first few months of life: on the average, at one year of age, a baby's birth weight will have tripled, its length will have increased by 50%, and the weight of its brain will have increased from 350g to over one kilo.  Infants are therefore especially dependent on adequate nourishment to cover their nutritional requirements and to ensure proper growth and development. In addition, children under one year of age are particularly vulnerable to infections because their immune system is not yet entirely capable of providing them with proper defence. Therefore, to avoid microbial contamination, certain foods are to be avoided, and precautions should be taken in the preparation, handling and storage of baby bottles.  Find out more about the Agency's work regarding issues surrounding infant nutrition.

ANSES emphasises the risks linked to feeding infants beverages other than breast milk and breast milk substitutes

Following reports of several cases of serious disorders in very young children who were partially or fully fed drinks other than breast milk or breast milk substitutes, ANSES issued a formal internal request to assess the risks of these products in infant nutrition from birth to one year of age. The expert assessment conducted by the Agency shows that these commonly-consumed beverages do not fully cover the specific nutritional requirements ...

Published on 14/03/2013 Read more

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