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Research Needed on the Impact of Prenatal Nutrition and Early Infant Feeding 

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: Mardi Mountford22 15 Oct 2012
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The International Formula Council (IFC) believes that nutritional programming is an important and emerging area of nutrition science. Further research is needed to better define how prenatal nutrition and early infant feeding (including all methods of feeding, i.e. breastfeeding , supplemental feeding, infant formula feeding, and the feeding of complimentary foods) help shape the trajectory for growth and utilization of calories, as well as help define the range of calories needed. Equally important is better defining the unique nutrient requirements for infants and young children, as well as the role of specific nutrients in maintaining the functionality and cognition of the elderly. IFC notes that it also is important to investigate the beneficial effects of nonessential nutrients in maintaining optimal health and well-being for individuals of all ages.

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