30 April 2017

The first 1,000 days of life can change a child’s future!

By: Tanaporn Perapate

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life is the most critical period for building a strong foundation for age-appropriate development and ultimately helping that child reach their potential. Children who receive nurturing attention and quality care from parents or caregivers tend to have strong early learning readiness, eagerly embrace new learning experiences and establish important connections between their physical growth and their brain development. The first 1,000 days begins at conception and rolls through a child’s second year of life, during which it encompasses three stages: (1) pregnancy (the first 270 days), (2) infancy, from birth to 6 months of age (the first 180 days) and (3) toddlerhood, from 6 months to 2 years of age (the first 550 days).

04 April 2017

Infant and Young Child Food Act Promotes Good Health and Good Economics

Written by: Dr. Siraporn Sawasdivorn, Secretary General, Thai Breastfeeding Center Foundation; Thomas Davin, Representative, UNICEF Thailand; Roger Mathisen, Program Director, Alive & Thrive

Today, 4 April 2017, the National Legislative Assembly will deliberate on Thailand’s first ever “Control of Marketing of Infant and Young Child Food Act.” Recognizing that breastmilk is the single best source of nutrition for infants and young children, the Act helps regulate extensive and often misleading industry marketing of breastmilk substitutes.