Jakarta – Mother’s milk (ASI) is an important nutrient that babies need before being introduced to complementary foods. According to the Indonesian Pediatric Association (IDAI), breast milk is the best food for babies, Mother. Breast milk can prevent malnutrition because it contains nutrients that babies need to grow and develop. In addition, the content of breast milk can also protect the baby from infection. Proper breastfeeding can prevent malnutrition and even malnutrition. Breastfed babies are malnourished due to improper feeding. According to Pediatrician, dr.Meta Hanindita, SpA(K), malnutrition is a nutritional disorder in all its forms, from an unhealthy diet, macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies, to an imbalance in energy intake. “Malnutrition actually occurs not only because of lack of nutrition, but also because of excess and imbalance of nutrients,” said Meta, quoted from the book Questions and Answers About Nutrition in the First 1000 Days of Child’s Life. Malnutrition can threaten the future of children if not prevented early. Because, lack or excess of nutrients can affect the overall growth and development of children, including brain development. The author of 77 Children’s Problems and How to Overcome Them, Ana Widyastuti, M.Pd, Kons, said that the causes of malnutrition are quite diverse. However, if it gets worse, malnutrition can cause damage to the child’s brain. “Malnutrition can be caused by children not eating enough nutritious food, not being able to absorb the substances they need, or eating too much. Children who are malnourished are susceptible to infection,” said Ana. Breastfed babies who have received complementary foods (MPASI) or have not been able to experience malnutrition. This can be caused because they are rarely breastfed so that they are not given nutritious intake in the MPASI menu. So what are the signs that a breastfed baby is malnourished? Read the next page, yes, Mother. See also 2 types of protein energy deficiency in children, in the following video:
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