The First 1,000 Days

A positive pregnancy test. I remember it so well. I was going to be a Mum. I don't think that I quite realised back then how intense it would be. The love I'd feel for my little newborn, who turned in to a baby, who turned in to my first little boy. My son. SMA Nutrition wants to help educate mums about this important time in terms of protein and nutrition, alongside their spokesperson – celebrity medic Dr Ellie Cannon (best known for her weekly health column in the Mail on Sunday).  

I watched my bump grow. I watched my baby grow. He's now a cheeky little two year old boy that thinks he already understands the world. He's constantly exploring his independence whilst I protectively watch on. I'm so proud of the little boy that Adam and I have raised. As a parent it's so easy to be hard on yourself, "Am I doing this right?", "Did I get that wrong?". I'm sure these are questions I'll still be asking myself when Ethan's an adult himself. 

All babies are different and so there will always be different hurdles to overcome. Raising my boys as vegetarian, I used to feel such anxiety and worry over what I was feeding Ethan. Not really knowing any other Mums and certainly no other vegetarian Mums in my everyday life, made me feel an enormous sense of pressure to get the transition from milk to weaning to eating regular food right for Ethan. My health visitor once gave me a good talking to and asked me to relax, reassuring me that what I was feeding Ethan was just fine. I guess whilst it never lacked, I was much more aware of the need and requirement of protein in my baby's diet. SMA Nutrition wants to educate pregnant women and mums about the importance of good nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life. During this vital period – from the day of conception through to your little ones 2nd birthday - the right nutrition and protein can have a profound impact growth and development both now and in the future.  

I'm more confident second time around and interestingly I recently learnt that the protein in breast milk is probably the cleverest sort of protein as it supports an appropriate rate of growth by adapting and changing as your baby's growth and development needs change too. I chose not to breastfeed but the results of research done into breastfeeding makes for very interesting reading. For example, I never knew that the protein within breast milk was so clever as the levels change as your baby grows, meaning it contains the right quality and quantity of protein at every stage to help your little one grow at a steady rate. There's a great video along with some really insightful information about it over on smamums.co.uk that's worth a watch, especially if you're currently weighing up the pros and cons of each method when it comes to feeding your own baby. 

I want to end this post with a bit of a question And the question is..

If you could ask an expert any question about protein and early life nutrition during the first 1,000 days of your baby's life what would you ask? 

Please post your questions below, the best will be chosen by SMA Nutrition and media medic Ellie Cannon will answer these which I will then share here on my blogSo if there's anything you've ever wanted to know or ask now is your chance. :)



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