The Diet Needs Of Different Life Stages Essay

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The diet needs of different life stages.
Babies- New born baby would start with breast feeding, but some mothers don’t want to breast feed, so they have to bottle feed their baby, for example by pumping the milk out of their breast or make powder milk for their age. That’s normally done up to the age of 6months and its called wearing. However its advised to breastfeed.
What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding offers many benefits to the baby: Breast milk provides the right balance of nutrients to help an infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler. Breastfed infants, and those who are fed expressed breast milk, have fewer deaths during the first year and experience fewer illnesses than babies fed formula. Some of the nutrients in breast milk also help protect an infant against some common childhood illnesses and infections, such as diarrhea, middle ear infections, and certain lung infections. Some recent NICHD-supported research also suggests that breast milk contains important fatty acids that help an infant's brain develop. Two specific fatty acids, known as DHA and AA, may help increase infants’ cognitive skills. Many types of infant formulas available in the United States are fortified with DHA and AA, and all formula available for preterm infants is fortified with these fatty acids.
Baby food is any food, other than breast milk or infant formula, that is made specifically for infants, roughly between the ages of four to six months to 2 years. The food comes in multiple varieties and tastes, can be produced by many manufacturers, or may be table food that the rest of the family is eating, mashed up. Because infants lack teeth, many different baby foods are designed for ease of eating; they are a soft, liquidly paste or an easily chewed food.
Babies 6months – 4years would normally have the same food as adults but mashed up and no sugar and salt in it but babies that are starting to get some teeth would eat hard food not just mashed, so they would have something…