TORONTO, June 8, 2011 /CNW/ - New research released today from the
Registered Dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada shows many Ontario
moms are confused about navigating through those challenging months
when infants are making the transition from exclusive breast feeding or
formula, to introducing first foods and progressing to family meals.
"A clear understanding of infant feeding is crucial to raising healthy
children," said infant feeding expert and Registered Dietitian, Joanne
Saab. "Missing the basics can have long-lasting effects on babies'
development and in the case of iron deficiency, may have serious
The new research was conducted between March 31st and April 11th, 2011 by Research Management Group and involved 500 internet-based
interviews among Ontario mothers. It was designed to:
1) determine new moms' knowledge of current guidelines for feeding
infants and toddlers;
2) determine common misconceptions about feeding young children; and
3) identify challenges faced by new moms with regard to feeding their
Overall, the research shows there is some confusion over key foods for
babies' diet. The primary infant feeding concerns expressed by mothers
in the survey, centre around the overall quality of food consumed (re:
amount of sugar, salt, additives, preservatives) and whether children
are getting proper nutrition through a balanced diet and enough foods.
"Ensuring infants and toddlers are getting the appropriate foods at the
right time is key to healthy development," said Saab. "This research
shows some moms need more guidance and reassurance about what's best
Highlights of the research include:
97% of the moms interviewed said they had a concern regarding feeding
Many parents are unaware of the importance of dietary iron at six months
of age and only five per cent of them know meat and alternatives (iron
rich foods) should be introduced as first foods;
A sizeable proportion of moms mistakenly believe lower fat cows' milk,
rather than whole milk, is appropriate before age two; 43% of moms do
not know at what age solid foods should be introduced;
Over 40% of moms are unaware plant-based beverages like soy, rice or
almond beverages are not appropriate for young children under two years
The majority of moms feel a child should be coaxed into trying a new
food they refuse to eat;
One in four moms believes candy, chocolate or salty snacks can be
introduced by 24 months.
Parents can test their own infant feeding know-how by taking a short
quiz on the DFC web site. They can also get additional information and
practical tips for feeding baby on the site www.dairygoodness.ca/feedingbaby.
On the website, they will also find:
Myths and facts about infant feeding
A simple guide to feeding baby, current advice for every stage
Introduction to solids: How much does baby need?
Tips on preparing baby food
About Dairy Farmers of Canada
DFC is a national non-profit organization which employs Registered Dietitians to help Canadians maintain and adopt healthful eating and lifestyle
practices. DFC's Registered Dietitians have advanced training in
nutrition science, research, education and communication and work with
like-minded individuals and organizations to help Canadians achieve
their healthy eating goals
SOURCE Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)
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