PRENATAL & BREASTFEEDING

Pregnancy and breastfeeding require increased nutrition to keep mom and newborns healthy and thriving. Get tips to help plan a healthy prenatal and postpartum diet.

PREGNANCY & CHILDHOOD

9 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks for Moms on the Go

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You want to give your baby the best nutrition before they enter the world. Your baby's health depends on what you eat, and every bite matters when it comes to nourishing your little one. But you've got a lot to do, and you need healthy snacks you can make in minutes. 

Your growing baby requires important nutrients: protein for building muscles, calcium, and vitamin D for forming strong bones, and iron for making extra red blood cells needed during pregnancy. The best snacks for pregnancy satisfy your cravings and your baby's need for nutrients

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How HMOs Can Support Infant Cognition

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Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are unique prebiotics found naturally in breast milk that feed the good bacteria in the gut where approximately 70% of the immune system exists.  While there are hundreds of different HMOs available in breast milk, the most abundant and well-researched among them is 2'-Fucosyllactose (2'-FL).

New findings from Abbott published in the Journal of Nutrition & Food Science suggests that HMOs may help support cognition and motor development in infants. The study found that 2'-FL and 6-sialyllactose (6'-SL) HMOs together may be helpful in brain development. 

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The Promising Role of HMOs in Reducing Risk of NEC

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Welcoming a new baby into the world should be an exciting time if you're an expecting parent. But when your child is born premature, it's normal to worry about the possible health challenges and complications they may face.

Necrotizing enterocolitis, also known as NEC, is a rare condition that premature babies may develop during their first weeks of life. Though NEC can be managed, its effect on a child's health can be serious. NEC prevention may also be possible, according to new preliminary studies. 

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Nutrition for Newborns: What to Feed Babies in the First Year | Abbott Nutrition

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With a new baby comes plenty of fun, excitement — and questions. For parents raising their first child, it can be difficult to feel confident in your decisions, especially when it comes to nutrition for newborns.

There are so many new things to learn, after all, from the interactions of breastfeeding to the nutritional value of formulas. While all babies are different and what works for one may not be right for another, there are some general guidelines to follow when feeding a newborn. 

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hy Every Woman Needs Folic Acid

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Eating well and taking folic acid is important mom-to-be advice. Folic acid is important for a woman's wellness at any stage of life, but a woman of child-bearing age should know it plays a vital role in preventing neural tube defects in the fetus when taken prior to conception and during pregnancy.

By incorporating folic acid into your diet, your body can produce and maintain new cells. But what is folic acid? And how can you work it into your diet?

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How Good Nutrition During Pregnancy and After Supports Infant Development

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Everyone knows the saying "eating for two," but what does that really mean for pregnant women? Although it may give the impression that pregnancy is a license to eat as much as you want, taking in the appropriate number of calories and the proper nutrients is vital to a healthy pregnancy.

Eating right during pregnancy and breastfeeding is important for infant development and doing so requires some nutrition knowledge and proper planning to ensure mother and baby get the nutrients they both need.

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he Power of Human Milk Oligosaccharides in Infant Nutrition

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With a perfect blend of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and other components that support a baby's immune system, breast milk is the gold standard for infant nutrition. And within this nutritional powerhouse, there's an unsung hero—human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs). Based on nearly two decades of research, experts believe that it could be one of the factors behind breast milk's immune system-supporting properties.

Until now, human milk oligosaccharides have only been found in breast milk, but thanks to Abbott's cutting-edge research, even moms who choose to use formula can provide their babies with them too. 

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