When it comes to the health of babies and infants, mommies are forever on their toes to ensure that they get the right amount of nutrition. However, a perfect proportion of proteins and essential amino acids are necessary for a healthy growth and development of the child’s body.
According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, WHO has set up new standards recommended for infant protein intake and it is 8-25% lower than the previous standards which were set in the year 1985! WHO now recommends a safe level of protein intake to meet the needs of all individuals. It is said that- 1.43 g/100 kcal (5.7% of energy intake) should be given at 1 year of age and 1.2 g/100 kcal (4.8% of energy) at 2 years of age!
However, many mothers end up feeding their children a little “extra” because they have a huge misconception about it. You probably feed your baby a little extra so that she stays full. However, what you’re not realizing is that you’re giving them an excess dose of nutrients, which is not good for their health. This way, you’re putting your child’s health and development at a major risk.
What happens to your child’s body if there is an excess of protein consumption?
High protein intake in the infant years increases the risk of obesity and other metabolic health related problems. Increased intake of proteins can lead to a significant increase in the density of plasma in the insulin, which is the one that releases amino acids. Proteins help in the stimulation and secretion of insulin and IGF-I that leads to weight gain and increased fat deposition in the body.
The effect of consuming high protein food cannot be seen immediately. However, it will reflect during your baby’s childhood days in the form of sudden weight gain and obesity.
Recently, a report was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which conducted a study on the protein intake in babies. The study found that an early transition from breastmilk to solid foods may cause high protein consumption by babies. These uninformed food choices lead to an increased protein intake and it is bad for the baby during his adulthood.
It is essential that moms identify the source of proteins in their child’s diet and the levels of proteins in these sources. Moms have to be extra cautious while dealing with their infant’s nutritional needs. A mother’s milk is the perfect nutrition for an infant. Therefore, you need not worry about an overdose of protein if you’re breastfeeding your little one. In case you’re not, try giving your baby nutrition that is closest to breast milk.
Note- This blog has been reviewed by Tinystep Medical Advisory Board
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