By Francisca Ukazu
Nestlé Nigeria has advised pregnant and nursing on proper dietary behaviour. Dr. Bartholomew Brai, President of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, said this at the Nestlé media workshop on ‘Good Nutrition a Way of Life’, held at Agbara, Ogun State He said the importance of early nutrition and long term health, nutrients were divided into the macro and the Micro nutrients, adding that macro nutrients includes; carbohydrates, protein, fat and oil while the micro nutrients are Vitamins and minerals. Brai urged the affected mothers to take balanced diet in the right amount during pregnancy, including intake of iron, folic acid, Iodine, calcium, vitamin He also stressed that the foetus is solely dependent on the mother for nourishment. “Normal weight prior to pregnancy and healthy weight gain during pregnancy should be encouraged, saying that It is essential to note that from birth to six months, exclusive breast feeding is required without adding any other solid or liquid. Moreover, Brai said breastfeeding by nursing mothers is important, as such “supplies essential nutrients needed for baby’s cognitive development. It slows infant weight gain, lowers risk of obesity and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. “Breast feeding prevents half of deaths caused by infections in children aged six to 23 months. It makes the baby more active,. It prevents diarrhoea, excessive weight gain in childhood after the age of two years. “The first 1000 days includes, pregnancy which is 270 days, first year 365 days, second year, 365 days which sums it to 1000 days. From the foetus to infant two years, adding that from six to 23 months for infants, appropriate complimentary feeding plus breast milk should be given to babies”, he said.