Nutrition and Well Being A to Z. A to H
Nutrition is one of the most important factors that impact health in all
areas of the lifecycle. Pregnant women need adequate food and health care
to deliver a healthy baby who has a good birth weight and a fighting chance
for survival. In many regions of the world, the infant mortality rate is very
high, meaning that many infants will not live to see their first birthday.
Breastfeeding is the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants, because
breast milk contains many immunologic agents that protect the infant against
bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Yet, less than 40 percent of infants worldwide are exclusively breastfed (no other food or drink, not even water) for
the first four months of life. Children need adequate nutrition to develop
and grow to their full potential.