Today 5.9 percent of infants are obese – a ¾ increase over the last two decades. Today’s diabetes and obesity epidemics are the result of sugar-fed babies, due to the fact that nearly all baby food formulas are made from high fructose corn syrup.
By assessing your infant’s needs prior to regulating feedings, you will be on the right path to having an infant of a normal weight and at less risk for disease and obesity. Adequate nutrition from birth is essential not only for growth, but for brain development. With assistance from your pediatrician and FITTODO’s simple guidelines, your newborn will have a healthy start in life!
Breast-fed infants usually weigh less than formula fed infants. Breast-feeding is more nutritious
than bottle-feeding because of the great nutrition
and anti-bodies it provides. Breast-feeding helps to protect against disease, allergies and illness in infants, and can also assist moms in losing pregnancy weight. However, keep in mind that shorter-than-recommended breast-feeding also may to childhood obesity, so it’s important to follow your doctor’s recommendations and guidelines to give your child the healthiest start possible!
Activities and Programs
No age is too young to exercise
, but naturally
an infant will be limited in what they can do. At this time it’s not necessary to the heart rate up or focus on weight loss, but there are simple indoor exercises to help a newborn’s gross motor skills and visual stimulation.
By simply moving your baby’s arms and legs, they will be more aware of them and what to do with them. You can move their limbs in gentle, circular motion. A baby massage, which is a simple rubdown that can be done with or without natural
oils, will give your infant’s muscles a work out and help put them to sleep.
Simple steps such as these will prepare your infant for a lifetime of well