The First 1,000 Days

The first 1,000 days between conception and your baby’s 2nd birthday can have a lifelong impact on your child’s growth and health. Find out more about the importance of nutrition for babies in the first 1000 days here:

Latest research shows just how essential good nutrition during these first 1,000 days is for your baby’s future health. This includes 270 days of pregnancy, 365 days of their first year and 365 days of year two.

Giving them a strong nutritional foundation for life now can positively affect their growth, brain development and resistance to germs and allergies, lasting even into adulthood.

We’ve always understood the importance of nutrition for mums and babies. It means a balanced diet while you’re pregnant, breast milk (if possible) for baby’s first 6 months, and a wide variety of nutrient rich foods in their first and second years. From day one of your journey, we’re here to support you – because better nutrition in the first 1,000 days means better health for life.

Chat now to our SMA Careline®: or call: 0800 0 81 81 80

Why not join the SMA Baby Club? We’ll be with you for every stumble, and step, as you discover what the journey holds from bump to birth and beyond.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The best way to feed a baby is to breastfeed, as breast milk provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness for your baby and also many non-nutritional benefits for both baby and mother. We recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional when deciding on your choice of feeding your baby. Professional guidance should also be sought on the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. If you do choose to breastfeed, it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Infant formula is intended to replace breast milk when mothers choose not to breastfeed or if for some reason they are unable to do so. A decision not to breastfeed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, will reduce the supply of breast milk. If for any reason you choose not to breastfeed, do remember that such a decision can be difficult to reverse. Using infant formula also has social and financial implications which must be considered. Infant formula should always be prepared, used and stored as instructed on the label, in order to avoid risks to a baby’s health.

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