oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Healthy digestion in infants : infant nutrition

Volume 5, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



Extracted from text ... SA PHARMACIST'S ASSISTANT ? july / august 2005 10 INFANT NUTRITION Healthy digestion in infants by Leanne Rees RD (SA) Digestion is the process by which large ingested molecules are mechanically and chemically broken down to produce smaller forms. These can then be absorbed more easily across the wall of the gastrointestinal tract. In infants there is no mechanical breakdown. The molecules that are being digested therefore need to be in a form that can be easily broken down. This happens chemically to allow for easy digestion and decrease abdominal cramps. Digesting breast milk Breast milk is unquestionably the food of choice for the infant. Its composition is designed to provide the ..

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