Keli Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD
Guidelines currently endorsed by several hospitals and infant formula manufacturers that recommend introducing solids to infants may contribute to both overweight and underweight by age 1 year, according to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
On the national level, the CDC, the AAP and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children have all issued recommendations for introducing solids, otherwise known as complementary foods, into infants’ diets. Additionally, hospitals and infant formula manufacturers have provided recommendations on introducing complementary foods. However, according to Bruce Y. Lee, MD, associate professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and colleagues, these “guidelines vary appreciably in how much and what types of foods to provide.”
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.
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