The English Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has published a comprehensive report on the influence of maternal, fetal and child nutrition on the development of disease in later life.

This thorough report reviews the current evidence base, including for the benefits of breastfeeding, and concludes that improving the nutritional status of women of childbearing age, infants and young children has the potential to improve the health of future generations.

As with previous SACN reports, strategies to promote, protect and support exclusive breastfeeding are strongly recommended, with recommendation six reading: "Strategies that promote, protect and support exclusive breastfeeding for around the first six months of an infant’s life should be enhanced, and should recognise the benefits for long-term health. The greatest impact is likely to be achieved by intervening in the early postnatal weeks, when the rate of discontinuation is greatest."

Click here to read the full report.


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