Special Issue "Infant Nutrition"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2012)
Prof. Dr. Clare Collins (Website)
Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition, Faculty of Health, School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308, Australia
Phone: +61 2 49215646
Fax: +61 2 4921 7053
Interests: nutrition; dietary intake; caloric restriction; dietary patterns; diet quality
Dr. Wendy H. Oddy (Website)
Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (ICHR), The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009, Australia
Fax: +61 8 9489 7700
Interests: dietary factors, metabolic syndrome and child mental health
The World Health Organisation, in its Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding, recommends that full-term infants should be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of life. They further recommend that infants should continue to be breastfed up until two years of age whilst being provided safe and nutritionally adequate complementary foods during the weaning period in order to optimise their growth, development and health.
Despite most countries adopting this recommendation there are very few studies that have comprehensively reported on the food and nutrient intakes of children from birth throughout the first few years of life. Knowledge on current intake patterns can assist in identifying the need for both public health campaigns and whether public and /or health professional education strategies are needed to increase awareness of the implications of lack of breastfeeding , or early introduction and/or the inappropriate introduction solids and the, the health and safety consequences of appropriate introduction of solids and specifically the long-term consequences.
Publications of infant intake, including intervention studies designed to optimise infant feeding outcomes, will assist in developing the evidence-base in infant nutrition and assist in refining Dietary Guidelines for infants and young children internationally.
Prof. Dr. Clare Collins
Dr. Wendy Oddy
- dietary intake