Overview

 

Prenatal and Infant Nutrition


Background

Dietitians of Canada works in partnership with government and health organizations to set out guidelines for healthy eating during pregnancy and the best ways to feed infants and toddlers and monitor their growth.

 

Positions and Actions – Prenatal Nutrition

Dietitians of Canada contributed to Health Canada’s nutrition guidelines for a healthy pregnancy which are available on the Health Canada web site. The Guidelines address fish and omega-3 fatty acids, iron, folate, weight gain and vitamin and mineral supplementation.

Dietitians of Canada also contributed to the development of and endorsed the Canadian Consensus on Female Nutrition: Adolescence, Reproduction, Menopause and Beyond, published in 2016 by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
 

Positions and Actions – Infant and Toddler Nutrition (0-24 months)

Dietitians of Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society and the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada, work with Health Canada to develop and update guidelines on the best ways to feed infants and toddlers.

Positions and Actions – Growth Monitoring

Dietitians of Canada also works with other health professional groups of family doctors, paediatricians and community health nurses to develop recommendations about proper growth monitoring in infants and children.  

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