Organic generation – Baby guidebook
A baby's health begins during pregnancy
The role played by mum is absolutely vital. Thanks to new scientific knowledge, we now know just how fundamental a mother’s eating habits during pregnancy and breastfeeding are for her unborn child.
This knowledge comes to us from EPIGENETICS, the science that studies the changes that environmental factors (exposure to pesticides or pollutants, stress, exercise and diet) can cause to our DNA without our genetic heritage being modified. These changes are extremely important because they can be inherited and passed down from mother to foetus. This means that eating habits during pregnancy, breastfeeding and weaning can impact the health of the newborn, not to mention have a preventative and constitutive effect on the child’s future, even in the very long term.
Some simple advice
Remember that the health of your child will also depend on the dietary choices that you make for him or her.
Pay attention to quantities, making sure that they are not excessive: ensure that your child is within normal weight and growth ranges, as these are good indicators to go by.
Aim for a varied diet, only excluding foods that could potentially cause allergic reactions, which should be introduced during a later phase.
Make meals a happy time for experimentation. Remember that the right relationship with food starts here: shy away from rewarding good behaviour with food.
Do not expect your child to remain spotless. It is important that he or she gets to know food during this phase by getting their hands dirty.
Make sure that mealtimes are a peaceful affair, and don’t get agitated if your child refuses his or her food the first time. It’s not a big deal. You can calmly try again another time.