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How does Infant Nutrition affect Brain Development?

Posted on 12-17-2014


Nutrition is the single most important aspect of early brain development both prior to and after birth. The right balance of vital nutrients early in life are essential for normal brain development. This is especially important when parents rely on childcare. Knowing if the provider is informed about the role of early nutrition and cognitive development should be a question asked by every parent when comparing childcare providers.

Breastfeed for as long as possible

Breastfeeding a newborn can offer an advantage for early brain development. Studies have shown that breast milk contains more than 300 nutrients and minerals. The fatty acids of breast milk promote healthy brain development in infants. Many pediatricians recommend breastfeeding a baby for the first six months to a year after birth.

It is all about the right balance

After breastfeeding ends, providing your infant with a balanced diet is important. Studies have determined that toddlers, who tend to consume a majority of high-fat, processed food in their diet versus fresh fruits and vegetables, suffer with slower cognitive development, language, and problematic behaviors.

Do not be afraid to give your child treats from time to time

A candy bar may not be the healthiest nutritional item, but it can be a special treat on occasion. Sodas and other high-sugar or caffeinated beverages can be problematic if given in excess. Weight gain and hyperactivity are linked to sugary drinks. Many fruit juices are loaded with sugar, so you should always check the label before purchasing.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Cumming, Georgia is a premier provider of childcare services. Our trained, knowledgeable staff knows the nutritional needs of growing infants and young children. Feel free to contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our services and the care we give each child.  

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