For the past few weeks, we have been focusing on what postpartum looks like for mom. Body, mental health, and self care has been the growing topic when it comes to making that transition from pregnant to new mom. Have we ever stopped to think about postpartum for baby? We are partnered with the leading non profit, 1,000 Days, to shed light on the importance of a child’s nutrition during their first 1,000 days of life.
Why Does This Matter?
Their is a critical window of opportunity between a woman’s pregnancy and a child’s second birthday where what any baby consumes can have a long term effect on their relationship with healthy eating. With so many food options out there, it can be difficult for any mom to know just what to feed their children. 1,000 Days drives greater action, development, and investment to ensure that nutrition is improved for every woman and child around the world.
The Obesity Problem
According to the CDC, the “percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970’s”. This can be accounted for more readily available food options or the workload that has an effect on a parent’s ability to cook healthier meals. Lack of education surrounding healthy eating can be largely at fault as well.
For many moms, they just don’t know what to do. Food aversion in babies makes it difficult to feed healthier meals and when you have a picky eater, sometimes the goal changes from eating healthy to just eating anything. Mom can quickly tire out.
1,000 Days works to ensure that:
- mothers get a nutritious diet during pregnancy
- mothers receive good care during pregnancy
- babies are exclusively breastfed for at least the first six months
- there is nurturing, responsive care and feeding of babies and toddlers
- the right foods introduced to babies at the right times
- there is a healthy and nutritious diet for babies and toddlers
- there is access to water and other healthy beverages with no added sugars for toddlers
- the right knowledge and skills for parents and caregivers to properly nourish young children
- consistent access to enough nutritious food for families of young children
- societal investments in the wellbeing of every baby and toddler
By mothers being valued and healthy, they can pass down healthy eating habits to their children.
So mamas, how do we overcome our obesity problem? By creating healthy eaters. Working with experts at the CDC, 1,000 Days has created a series of 12 bite sized videos that answer parents’ top questions related to introducing solid foods. Check all the videos out here.
Do you have questions concerning healthy eating for your children? Leave a comment below.
This post is sponsored by 1,000 Days. All opinions expressed are my own.