Common Nutrition Issues

  • Good nutrition is foundational for a child’s future health, and Mead Johnson is proud to support childhood nutrition by ensuring our products have important nutrients to support growth and development.

    Vitamin D is important for absorption of calcium and phosphorus. As it can be hard to obtain the appropriate amount of vitamin D from diet alone, the AAP recommends infants receive supplemental vitamin D or be fed a formula that has vitamin D, and recommends toddlers receive supplemental vitamin D1,2.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, like DHA, are important nutrients for brain and eye development. Healthy fatty acids, like DHA, are found in Enfamil® infant formulas, and are also found in foods like fatty fish. While breastfed and formula-fed infants receiving Enfamil will get DHA, as they transition to toddlerhood and begin eating solid foods, parents may need to help ensure they are getting DHA in their diet, as many toddler favorite foods may not have DHA3.

  • Folic acid is recommended for women of all ages, as it is critical for fetal development, particularly in reducing the risk of neural tube defects4-6.

    Iron is recommended for all infants by the AAP; breastfed infants should receive supplemental iron around 4–6 months of age, and formula-fed infants should be fed infant formula fortified with iron7. Enfamil formulas have iron at the expert-recommended amount.

    Learn more about how Mead Johnson supports excellent child nutrition, from prenatal through the toddler years, including helpful resources and tools to use in your practice.

  • References:

    1. Wagner CL et al. Pediatrics. 2008;122:1142-1152.

    2. Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2011.

    3. Baker R et al. Toddler Nutrition. Mead Johnson and Company. 2007; 1-47.

    4. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2009;150:626-31.

    5. Berry RJ et al. N Engl J Med. 1999;341:1485-90.

    6. Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press;1998.

    7. Baker RD, Greer FR, for The Committee on Nutrition American Academy of Pediatrics. Pediatrics. 2010;126:1040-50.