Complementary Feeding: Building the Foundations for a Healthy Life

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The first 1,000 days of life, the time period from conception until 2 years of age, is the time in which the infant is the most vulnerable and which lays the foundation for the infant’s future health. The complementary feeding (CF) period from 6 to 24 months is part of the first 1,000 days during which infants undergo a huge developmental change with regard to bodily functions, personality and will. The infant’s energy needs and nutritional requirements will exceed that what breastfeeding can provide, and the child is developmentally ready to receive solid foods.