Programming Power of Complementary Feeding

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Complementary feeding practices could potentially influence later health outcomes by programming effects, but also by lasting effects on food preferences, appetite, and eating behaviour. Delaying the introduction of complementary feeding until the age of 4 months may protect against later obesity and possibly against allergy and the development of coeliac disease, with little evidence that timing is influential beyond this age. A high protein intake during the complementary feeding period may be associated with an increased obesity risk.