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Eating well resources:

Eating well in pregnancy

Eating well is essential for women who may become pregnant. Good nutrition pre-conception is linked to fertility and optimum development in the first few weeks of life.

Eating well during pregnancy ensures a healthy pregnancy and a reduction in risks and health complications associated with giving birth. Most importantly, it is now well established that how a mother eats during pregnancy can impact on the long term health and well-being of her child, and a better nourished population helps everyone to reach their full potential. Here you can find out about what good nutrition means for pregnant women, find out more about the Healthy Start scheme and find links to a number of other organisations and support groups.

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Infants and new mums

Eating well is essential for infants from the first day of life. Breastmilk is the bespoke food for a human infant. Breastfeeding ensures all the infants’ nutrient needs are met, encourages optimum infant development, protects the infants’ and mothers’ health in the short and long term - and of course supports a close and loving bond to develop between mother and child.

In order to protect breastfeeding it is important that all those who offer advice to families have accurate and unbiased information about infant feeding, including clear information about infant formula.

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Eating well early years

Eating well is essential for children in their early years. You can find information about eating well in the first year in our Infant & New Mums section. Children from 1-4 years old need to eat well to establish good eating patterns, ensure they grow and develop appropriately, to protect their teeth and to ensure they arrive in school at a healthy body weight able to enjoy a variety of minimally processed foods.

We have a range of resources to support eating well in the early years. We have a resource to support infants and children on a vegan diet and resources which provides ideas for packed lunches for children aged 1-4 years and considers Good food choices and portion sizes for 1-4 year olds. Our recipe book provides examples of simple, cost-effective nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy with portion size information for adults, schools aged children, 1-4 year olds and infants. We also have some additional information to support early years setting in encouraging a sustainable approach to their food. We also have some posters that can be downloaded which provide a simple guide to eating well for infants and under 5s.