Can Complementary Feeding Patterns Influence Rapid Weight Gain in Infancy?


Current knowledge based on large randomized con-trolled trials documented so far that early protein intake from milk products, in the first six months of life, is associated with various changes in later outcomes regarding body weight or body composition [1,2]. Beyond the exclusive milk nutrition period, complementary fe-eding practices are less investigated in terms of obesity appearance [3]. Macronutrients supply in early life, such as carbohydrates and fats, do not seem to be implicated in later childhood obesity [4], whereas protein supply is much more studied in the present [5]. Due to rapid weight gain and body size evolution in first 3 years of life, nutritional requirements are high, but exceeding some normal ranges leads to future disturbances. […]