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Infographic: Nutricia in Early Life – The Facts and Figures

There has been a rise in non-communicable diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer in recent decades. Now, scientific evidence suggests that environmental factors that have an impact during early life — from conception through to the toddler years — can influence a person’s response to later exposures and thus affect their health and disease risk later in life¹`². The first 1,000 days of an infant’s life represent a unique window of opportunity for determining an infant’s lifelong future health³`⁴`⁵. In the following infographic we highlight our commitment to pioneering research in Early Life Nutrition.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is best for babies. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. Follow-on milk is only for babies over 6 months, as part of a mixed diet and should not be used as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. We advise that all formula milks including the decision to start weaning should be made on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist or other professional responsible for maternal and child care. Foods for special medical purposes should only be used under medical supervision. May be suitable for use as the sole source of nutrition for infants from birth, and/or as part of a balanced diet from 6–12 months. Refer to label for details.

  1. Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. The influence of maternal, fetal and child nutrition on the development of chronic disease in later life. London, 2011.
  2. Hochberg Z, et al. Child Health, Developmental Plasticity, and Epigenetic Programming. Endocrine Reviews 2011;32:159–224.
  3. Hanson MA, Low FM, Gluckman PD. Epigenetic epidemiology: the rebirth of soft inheritance. Ann Nutr Metab 2011;58 Suppl 2:8–15.
  4. National Childbirth Trust. First 1000 days. Available at: http://www.nct.org.uk/about-nct/first-1000-days [Last accessed October 2014].
  5. 1,000 Days. Why 1,000 days? Available at: www.thousanddays.org [Last accessed October 2014].
  6. Gluckman P. Article in Medical Tribune: Impact of early-life nutrition on NCD development in adulthood. 2013. http://enews.mims.com/landingpages/mt/pdf/Medical_Tribune_February_2013_HK.pdf [Accessed Nov 2017]