Nutrition is about taking in and using food so that the body can survive and develop properly. Getting enough of the right nutrition is critically important for young children.
Help your listeners follow feeding advice to ensure their children grow and thrive as they should.
HELPING YOUR LISTENERS
- Breastfeeding is something most mothers can do by themselves, and it’s also free – but there are still some barriers that might be stopping them.
- Mothers, especially first-time mothers, need to be shown how to breastfeed properly, and need encouragement and support from skilled birth attendants, their husbands and family.
- If mothers have to work away from their babies during the day, let them know they can express their breast milk and store it in the fridge or at room temperature for up to eight hours in a clean, covered container for someone else to feed to the child. Families should speak to a health expert for advice on how to express breast milk.
- Some mothers may worry their breast milk isn’t enough for their babies – reassure them that it contains all the nutrients a baby needs for up to six months.
- Some mothers may be concerned that their breast milk will run out – reassure them that in most cases, regular breastfeeding causes the mother to make more milk.
- Mothers may not know how to prepare their children’s food, so give them practical tips. At 6 months they should start with half-solid foods, such as rice that’s been boiled, cooled and mashed. By eight months most children can also eat ‘finger foods’ (snacks they can eat by themselves), and by 12 months most can eat the same types of food as the rest of the family.
- To discuss these issues, interview nutrition experts on your programme, and consider producing food shows that could give practical advice.
- If certain foods aren’t available in your local area, let your listeners know if any nearby towns or markets are likely to sell them.