Nutrition Publication

Protein Supply in Infancy

Editor(s): V. P. Carnielli M. Wabitsch J. Ksiazyk N. Migacheva H. McNulty Y. Vandenplas M. Sanchez Luna H. Lagström A. Singhal .

We know that growth in the first years of life will exert a positive Influence on long-term health and neurological development. Protein is one important factor in this growth process. The infant’s growth velocity decreases rapidly during the first months of life and afterwards slowly continues to decrease along with protein requirements for growth. Both the quantity and quality of protein in human milk change continuously over time. Trials suggest that infant formulas containing less (protein closer to the protein content in breast milk), but of the right quality, can support weight gain closer to that undergone by breastfed infants.