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Paediatr Child Health. 2006 September; 11(7): 407.
PMCID: PMC2528632

Infant Nutrition.

Reviewed by Sarah Waterston

Lucas A and Zlotkin S. Infant Nutrition. Health Press Ltd, 2003. ISBN 1899541934; US$24.95 

Families and health care providers are bombarded with staggering amounts of information on infant nutrition, transitioning to solids, and available products. Infant nutrition is gaining attention for its long-term health effects as well as its importance on infant and childhood health and development. This small reference book provides an approachable and thorough yet succinct overview to the field. It gives practical, evidence-based guidance while reviewing fundamental issues.

The authors of this addition to the Fast Fact series aim to involve a broader range of health professionals in infant nutrition. The physiology and nutritional requirements of infants that form the basis of recommendations are outlined. The role of growth measurements and the appropriate use of growth charts are accompanied by an approach to faltering growth. Breastfeeding, infant formulas, and other milks and fluids used in infant feeding are discussed with a focus on clinical encounters. Simple, practical advice for transitioning to solid foods is provided, with examples of misconceptions and weaning practices in different cultures. An excellent, practical approach to feeding problems is presented around six key questions that health professionals are able to ask themselves. Tables and figures highlight key concepts throughout, although these could be further refined to increase readability.

Infant Nutrition is a compact, well written book that I recommend to all health professionals working with infants and their families.


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