Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating for Families

By eating healthily your family will see benefits to the way they feel and the energy they have for the fun things you do. Healthy eating does not need to be difficult or expensive. Healthy ingredients are often cheaper than ready meals and buying seasonal produce can reduce the cost further.

Using frozen fruit and veg can reduce waste and can be an effective way in your family’s consumption of the recommended 5-a-day fruit and veg target.

You can find out more information about meal planning and healthy eating on the Eat Better Feel Better site.

The Eatwell plate is for adults and children over two years.

Good Food for Toddlers

Infants grow rapidly during the first years of their life and it is a crucial period for brain development. It is therefore essential that they consume enough nutrients and energy. By the time your child becomes a toddler they will have their own likes and dislikes with food, but like adults, they need to eat a healthy balanced diet. Before the age of 2, children can only eat smaller portions so they need to be packed with calories and nutrients. By the time they reach age 5 they should be eating family food.

 

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Safety Awareness

Preparation of Food to Prevent Choking & High Chair Safety

Child safety is an important aspect of the early years, with unintentional injury through choking as one of the main causes of hospital admissions in children, but this can be easily prevented.

An important factor in prevention is the correct preparation of finger food and ensuring your child is always sitting safely in their high chair to eat and being monitored.

 

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Breastfeeding

“Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large.

Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for the newborn, and feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth.

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.” World Health Organisation

Community Breastfeeding Support

BRAG Support Group

Elgin Community Centre
Thursdays 10am-12pm
Open all year (except 2 weeks at Christmas)

Forres Support Group

Forres Community Cafe Overspill
Mondays 1130-1230
Term time only

Breastfeeding Support Moray

Closed Facebook group

Bottle Feeding

“Some mums choose to bottle feed their babies with infant formula milk. This is processed, powdered cow’s milk which has been treated to make it suitable for babies.  There are formula regulations in the UK to ensure that all of the infant formulas readily available in this country have the basic ingredients your baby needs.” Ready Steady Baby

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