It is generally agreed that for children from birth to six months of age, “breast is best," especially where resources are limited and food insecurity is a way of life. In many developing countries, a baby's transition from safe breastfeeding (if available) to eating real food is the time of highest risk for nutrition problems. Such nutrition problems can lead to long-term health issues, or even death. Several issues, including the early introduction of solid foods, lack of hygienic practices, and foods that do not contain the appropriate amount of nutrients for small children can increase the risk for disease, malnutrition, inadequate growth and development, and mortality. Limited options for many children in developing countries during this risky transitional period led Feed My Starving Children to develop MannaPack™ Potato-W, a product that is specifically tailored to meet these needs.
The profile of MannaPack Potato-W follows World Health Organization recommendations for nutrient requirements for children from 7-12 months of age. The product can also be used as a complementary food in children from 7 months of age and older to enhance important calorie, protein, fat, vitamin, and mineral needs. Each meal offers the following features important to weaning and complementary foods:
What it does- The product is based on potatoes to offer the largest component as hypoallergenic for small children.
What it does - Stimulates the gut to maintain function and assists in the management of diarrhea.
What it does - Provides a high-quality protein source to maintain growth and development.
Vitamins and Minerals:
What it does - Provides vitamins at levels recommended for very young children to prevent health problems associated with deficiencies. Especially important to note are vitamin A, iron, zinc, and iodine, which are the most common childhood micronutrient deficiencies.
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