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Introducing solid foods in the weaning process

Sara Patience explains new findings on how parents can be supported in this transitional period

The timely and appropriate introduction of solid foods to infants, is not just essential for health, growth and development but also an important public health issue. Evidence suggests that early food exposure, feeding behaviours, tastes and preferences can affect the development of non-communicable disease in adult life.1The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition2 (SACN) recently published a new report ‘Feeding in the first year of life’.2 This significant document is the first full review of infant feeding since the Department of Health 1994 guidance.3

This article looks at guidelines for infant feeding and highlights the new SACN recommendations for feeding infants in their first year.

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