Nutrition in the first 1000 days | Q&A

A while ago I shared with you guys a wonderful collaboration that I’ve been working on with SMA Nutrition, all about promoting the importance of protein in a baby’s first 1000 days of life. If you didn’t catch it then please do head over and check it out here, it’s full of really useful information for us mumas with little ones! If you did read it then I hope you found it useful; I know that I learnt so much about Jaspers journey so far and how with this new little one on the way I really need to take care of myself, and him, from day 1. There’s also some cool facts about how super powered breast milk is and how the protein levels change to suit your little ones needs, decreasing as your baby grows, which makes sure that they grow and develop at a steady rate – it’s amazing!

Dr Ellie Cannon has also been busy answering questions from other bloggers taking part in the campaign and their readers. Take a look at some of their questions with Ellie’s advice below:

I’m a huge fan of SMA. Jay’s been drinking formula since he was 8 weeks old and now loves both Cow’s milk and SMA3. Great post I was wondering whether I should continue with SMA. He is turning 2 next months eek! Hope you’re feeling well.

I am here as an expert and a mum supporting the SMA Nutrition Protein Awareness campaign educating mums on the importance of the first 1,000 days and the benefits of protein, so I can’t comment on a particular product. For specific product information you can contact SMA Nutrition’s Careline who are available to help.

My question would be: if mothers do not breastfeed their child does formula contain the same amount of protein as breast milk? Breast milk protein is unique and adapts to your baby’s growth and relative requirements, this means the level of protein can increase or decrease based on the baby’s needs, unlike in baby formula where the level will stay the same.

How much is too much milk in your baby and child’s development? When breastfeeding, each time your baby feeds, your body knows to make the next feed. The amount of milk you make will increase or decrease depending on how often your baby feeds. In the beginning, it can seem that you’re doing nothing but feeding, but gradually, you and your baby will get into a pattern of feeding (routine), and the amount of milk you produce will settle. If using infant formula, it’s important to feed your baby on demand in the same way as breastfeeding. As a guide new-born babies may take quite small amounts to start with e.g. 60-90ml, gradually increasing to match their growth and appetite. When you start giving your baby solids, their daily intake of milk is likely to gradually decrease as you build up to three meals each day. Once your baby reaches one-year-old, they can move to full-fat cows’ milk and will have approximately 300-400ml each day.

At what point does the protein levels in breast milk decreases? Is that before or after the 6 months’ mark when babies start weaning and getting extra nutrients from food? And does it decrease to insufficient levels to cover the baby’s requirements? Breast milk is dynamic – in the beginning it contains lots of high quality protein because your baby needs to grow very fast and, later on, as the baby’s needs change, the amount of protein in breast milk decreases. The protein content of breast milk decreases from the first week and every week thereafter until it starts to level out at around 3 months. Breast milk gives your baby exactly what they need for their healthy growth and development, and provided the mum is well nourished, will cover the baby’s requirements. Ensuring your baby gets the correct quality and quantity of protein can help them to grow at an appropriate rate, which could contribute to a lower risk of becoming overweight or obese in later life.

For more information on the importance of protein and the 1st 1000 days, head over to

I really hope you found this useful, thanks for reading!

Jess x



  • Debra
    30th April 2016 at 10:37 pm Reply

    Food in the first few years of a childs life is so critical. I remember when I first had my daughter I was absolutely terrified of feeding her correctly. Great to have some extra information

    • Jessica
      1st May 2016 at 2:55 pm Reply

      It really is so important, I’m glad you found it useful 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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