The Importance of Milk Protein in the First 1000 Days

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With Benjamin becoming more and more independent, and the baby days slowly getting further and further behind us, I’ve been looking back at just how far he has come. He is my only blog baby – my pregnancy and all of his milestones were documented right here on my blog. He’s recovered from a serious illness, he’s learned to walk and talk and we’re now in the early stages of potty training. It’s been really hard at times – three children aged 5 and under is not easy at all, and there have been times when I’ve wished the early days over. It’s only now, looking back, that I appreciate how quickly that first couple of years have gone, and what a child can achieve in that time.

The Importance of Milk Protein in the First 1000 Days

I’m working with SMA ® Nutrition on a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of nutrition in the first 1000 days of a child’s life in helping to build a nutritional foundation for life – from conception to their 2nd birthday, and in particular, the role of milk protein and how it impacts development and later life. Breastfeeding is the best way to make sure your child is getting the protein they need – the milk adapts as the baby grows, making sure it is perfectly suited for the child at that time. This is why the WHO recommends mothers exclusively breastfeed for 6 months. This handy little infographic from the guys at SMA ® Nutrition explains beautifully how protein helps children and forms the building blocks for their future development.

Protein in the First 1000 Days Infographic

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14 thoughts on “The Importance of Milk Protein in the First 1000 Days

  1. It’s also why it’s recommended to continue breastfeeding along with complimentary foods for a minimum of 2 years old and then for as long as you and your child wish (WHO and NHS). A child continues to benefit from the protein in breast milk for as long as they have it. Past 6 months breast milk continues to provide an excellent source of protein made specifically for humans. As well as all the other benefits including reduced breast cancer risks for the mother, reduced obesity risks for the child and fantastic adaptive antibodies to reduce childhood illnesses.

  2. The infographic sure is handy and I agree breast milk is the easiest and quickest way to get milk protein but I am sure there are forms for those not able to breastfeed or product enough milk

  3. Oh this is so interesting! I had no idea, and I have five children! My youngest three were born twelve months apart so I can definitely relate to having three little ones!

  4. Having a good protein intake is important at any age but it is especially prevalent when kids are growing. Like you said it aids their development x

  5. It is important that babies do get the required nutrients that they need for growth as this can help them grown and develop properly. Breast is best although it isn’t always a option so it’s good that in these cases there are alternatives.

  6. I knew milk is really important but I didn’t know about these reasons. It’s great to read these post that get me prepare for when I become a mum! 🙂 x

  7. We have finally finished potty training for the last time and I won’t miss it. Nutrition is very important and I am lucky enough to have breastfed all mine until age 2. I tried bottles but they wouldn’t have it 😉

  8. Those first 1000 days are indeed vitaly important, and if you actually consider what our bodies do in that time, we can totally see why. Huge changes and development. I really like that formula milks are now so good that they give spot on nutrition. I know breastmilk is ideal, and then supplimented, but even if you can’t do the breast feeding, formula is all good these days.

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