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SOURCE Health Canada
Revised guidance aims to ensure health professionals have the most current information for parents and caregivers
OTTAWA, April 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Health Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada, and the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada today released a revised version of Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from Six to 24 Months. This document provides detailed scientific guidance on infants and young children nutrition for health professionals to help support parents and caregivers.
Health Canada sought advice and guidance on the revisions from doctors, dietitians, nurses, researchers and parents through its external Infant Feeding Expert Advisory Group and through a stakeholder consultation in spring 2013.
The changes to the recommendations reflect the latest science since the last update in 2005 and support Health Canada's commitment to providing information that will help Canadians make healthier food choices for themselves and their families.
Health Canada encourages parents and caregivers to ask their healthcare providers about these revised recommendations.
Key recommendations in the document include:
"A balanced, nutritious diet is essential to raising healthy children.
This important guidance document for health professionals provides the
most up-to-date information available on nutrition for infants and
young children to ensure that little ones from six to 24 months get the
healthy start they need."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health
"The first few years of a child's life play a vital part in establishing
healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. These updated
guidelines will help physicians provide guidance to parents on how to
make decisions on nutrition that will contribute to their child's
healthy growth and development."
Dr. Jeff Critch, Chair of the Canadian Paediatric Society Nutrition and Gastroenterology Committee
The Canadian Paediatric Society
"The practical details are important to parents. As a dietitian, I use
this 'NHTI' information so I can give parents specific, clear options
about feeding their children, based on the best scientific evidence,"
Registered Dietitian and Public Health Nutritionist.
Dietitians of Canada
"This statement highlights the importance of supporting mothers and
families to continue breastfeeding their children beyond infancy and
well into toddlerhood. The Baby-Friendly Initiative and the World
Health Organization Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes are
recognized as key in providing support to increase the duration of
The Breastfeeding Committee for Canada
Fact Sheet April 2014
Nutrition recommendations for infants and young children (age 6-24 months)
Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants provides healthcare professionals with clear recommendations on what to feed healthy term infants and young children (aged 6 to 24 months old). These guidelines reflect the latest science and practice on nutrition for healthy term infants and young children, and provide guidance for health professionals to help support parents and caregivers on infant and young child nutrition.
Health Canada encourages parents and caregivers to ask their healthcare providers about these recommendations.
Following are some of the key recommendations:
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