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Prenatal Nutrition

by Georgina Cornwall, PhD
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    00:00 While we are considering increased energy demands, why not have a quick conversation about prenatal nutrition.

    00:09 The main area that you need to understand for your exams is the sort of argument of breastfeeding versus formula feeding.

    00:19 And as it turns out who would guess.

    00:22 But we are recommended that breastfeeding is recommended as the best source of nutrition for the baby.

    00:30 Clearly sometimes the mother is not capable of making milk or worse excuse is that it doesn't quite fit the lifestyle.

    00:40 Because pumping is certainly an option.

    00:43 We can save the milk and the baby can be fed purely off of breast milk.

    00:48 The American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as the American Medical Association as well the World Health Organization, all say that the best option by far is breast milk.

    01:02 And even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we have exclusively breast milk for the first 6 months.

    01:12 And there are lot of different reasons for this.

    01:15 Ideally, up to 12 months.

    01:17 And beyond perhaps even to 2 years if it's something that is well tolerated.

    01:23 But the first 12 months specially 6 are considered of most importance.

    01:29 And you are probably familiar.

    01:31 The reasons behind this, it's going to help defend against infections.

    01:36 Because of a lots of immunoglobulins and antigens are passed through breast milk to the child.

    01:44 In addition to that feeding would breast milk, because of this passage of antigens can relieve allergies.

    01:53 And I think a lot about this currently, why we seeing such an increase in allergies in children.

    02:03 And one of the reasons could perhaps be because less mothers were breastfeeding.

    02:10 And less mothers breastfeeding for that important first year of life specially the first 6 months.

    02:16 Another reason that's suggested.

    02:18 Just a sort of side note, is that the increase incidents of Caesarean's sections could lead to these increased allergies.

    02:26 And that has to do with development of gut flora and fauna and protection against flora and protection in that sense.

    02:35 And so, apparently not passing through the vaginal canal creates a different culture of flora in the gut of babies.

    02:45 And so also adds to the idea of allergy.

    02:48 So just another thought to put in mind.

    02:50 Well, I'm on this box up here.

    02:53 That's something I'm interested in.

    02:54 So of course formula is a great option.

    02:58 Should the mother not be able to feed the baby for some reason.

    03:02 Either because it's severe inconvenience or she is not releasing enough milk.

    03:09 Certainly in the modern day we have formula available and it is a relatively good source of all the nutrients needed.

    03:17 So there we go all that you need know about prenatal nutrition in one slide, you know.

    03:24 There is tons more to know obviously about prenatal nutrition.

    03:27 But in the very early days, these are the things to consider.

    03:32 Breast milk versus formula.

    03:33 And it's a good argument.

    03:34 And now you know who supports it.


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    The lecture Prenatal Nutrition by Georgina Cornwall, PhD is from the course Nutrition.


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     Georgina Cornwall, PhD

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