Understanding the First 1000 Days with Dumex Mamil Gold
The first 1000 days from conception up until the age of 2, is a critical period that shapes a child’s development and growth. Research into this field called nutritional programming shows how good nutrition during early pregnancy up to childhood will affect your child’s health later in life.
While nutrition, in particular, is central to a child’s development, studies have found that a child’s relationships and environments also shape future outcomes1. These outcomes are not just limited to physical growth but also affects a child’s ability to learn and prosper throughout their life. This is why the first 1000 days of life is considered a “golden opportunity” that could make a huge difference in your child’s future.
During pregnancy, a developing baby’s only source of nutrition comes from their mother. A healthy diet with the right nutrients benefits your child’s future health. This is because nutrients affect the formation of new neurons and synapses that control vital neurodevelopmental processes, as well as the development of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, metabolism, organs and more2.
Nutrients that play a crucial role in growth and development during pregnancy include the following:
- Iron: Plays a role in the development of nerve fibres2
- Zinc: Supports development of the autonomic nervous system, the hippocampus and the cerebellum2
- Iodine: Important for cognitive and motor development3
- Folate: Vital for brain and spine development; Helps prevent neural defects such as anencephaly and spina bifida4
- Copper: Helps in the development of the heart, blood vessels, as well as skeletal and nervous systems5
- Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids: Plays an essential role in healthy brain and eyes development2
A healthy and nutrient-rich diet is not the only thing that’s important. Research has shown that a mother’s physical and mental health also has an impact on child development during pregnancy2. This is why having a support group and a nurturing community is important for mothers.
2. Early Childhood
Meeting nutritional requirements should continue up to early childhood. As a child’s brain is developing at a rapid rate, the right nutrition is needed to support this development.
Essential nutrients for a toddler’s developing brain include essential proteins as well as:
- Iron plays a role in the brain’s neurochemistry6 7
- Zinc contributes to brain structure and function8
- Iodine is vital for brain development9
A balanced diet for a growing child should include a variety of foods such as proteins, whole grains, dairy, vegetables and fruits10. Healthy eating habits should be promoted from a young age and nutrient-poor foods that are high in sugar, fat or salt should be avoided. By nurturing and nourishing your child with the right nutrients, it helps them reach their full developmental potential.
While the first 1000 days are the most critical in a child’s development, feeding your child a balanced diet with essential nutrients should still continue beyond that. Building good eating habits and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for your child builds a strong lifelong foundation for them.
Dumex Mamil Gold Stage 3 offers stage-tailored nutrition for children aged 1-3 years old. It supports healthy growth and development with a blend of 30 essential nutrients tailored to each stage of childhood.
Dumex Mamil Gold offers a naturally-sourced formula produced from free-roaming grass-fed cows. Free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), colourings and added sucrose. With a unique prebiotic blend of galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) and long chain fructo-oligosaccharides (lcFOS) in a 9 to 1 ratio, it supports good gut health and helps build your child’s natural defences.11
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10. Fewtrell, M., Bronsky, J., Campoy, C., Domellöf, M., Embleton, N., Mis, N. F., ... & Molgaard, C. (2017). Complementary feeding: a position paper by the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) Committee on Nutrition. Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, 64(1), 119-132.
11. Arslanoglu et al (2008) J.Nutr 138.1091-5
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