3.2 Use current government guidance to identify the nutritional needs of babies until they are fully weaned

QualificationLevel 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit1.1 Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
Learning outcome: 3. Understand the nutritional needs of children
Assessment criteria: 3.2 Use current government guidance to identify the nutritional needs of babies until they are fully weaned.

  • SACN (2018) published ‘Feeding in the First Year of Life‘ report
  • Up to around six months old, breastfeeding is recommended
  • Weaning should begin at around 6 months old
  • Breastfeeding is associated with an improved immune system in babies and improved maternal health
  • There is no evidence to suggest that breastfeeding has any adverse effects
  • There is evidence that not breastfeeding has a higher risk of hospitalization due to infection and can affect development
  • Where breastfeeding is not possible, formula milk is recommended in type and quantity as advised by a health professional

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