Maternal And Child

Tempo de Leitura: 2 minutos

What is it?

Maternal and child nutrition involves the subarea of clinical nutrition that provides hospital or outpatient dietotherapeutic care for tempants, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children. Thus, this nutritionist can work in human milk banks and their collection stations, as well as at the outpatient level in the office or in the area of teaching in educational institutions. In addition, it has the function of providing scientific technical knowledge so that professionals can help parents and babies to have adequate nutrition, since this area is focused on the health and well-being of children.

The role of the nutritionist in the area of maternal and child is very broad, some of them being:

  • schools;
  • Prefectures;
  • higher education institutions;
  • restaurants;
  • food industries;
  • private clinics;
  • healthy eating clinics;
  • Nurseries.

Who is considered maternal and child?

The nutritionist who has a postgraduate degree in the area of maternal and child.

When do you need to supplement maternal and child?

Infant formulas are used in cases where the baby is unable to feed on breast milk partially or completely, such as children with gastroesophageal reflux, lactose intolerant or allergic to cow’s milk. There are formulas for premature babies, up to six months of life, follow-up formulas, anti reflux, lactose-free, hypoallergenic, soy-based and some differentiated. The indication of the use of formula depends on the clinical condition of the child and it is not recommended to replace breastfeeding for the use of formula, only in cases where there is real need.


Babies Fed A Low Calorie Formula
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