Child development and habits do not begin when they enter school, they begin before birth. It is important for local community leaders to engage their health care professionals to ensure the proper support is given to children to support their early development.
Healthy child development habits begin before birth. One proven strategy for reducing the risk of obesity early in life is to support breastfeeding. Experts agree we need to increase the number of health care facilities that encourage mothers (1) to feed their babies breast milk only for the first six months of life and (2) to start feeding solid foods to their babies at six months while continuing to breastfeed until the 12th month.
In addition to empowering mothers to breastfeed their babies, we need to offer healthful food choices to young families that they can afford. We also need to encourage physical activity and healthy living at all ages. Click here to learn more about Let's Move! Childcare