First 1000 days

This leaflet provides a simple overview of the first 1000 days and summarises the science and understanding which underpins SMA® Nutrition’s product innovation.

The programming which takes place during the first 1000-day period – from conception to 2 years1 – has a significant impact on later health outcomes.2 Nutrition is a key driver of rate of growth during this critical period, and protein is the most influential macronutrient for appropriate growth. Appropriate growth depends on the right type of protein in the right quantity and quality at the right time throughout the first 1000 days and beyond.



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  1. United Nations System 2006. Standing Committee on Nutrition. Third World Urban Forum, Vancouver.
  2. Vickers MH. Nutrients 2014; 6: 2165–2178.