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Complementary Feeding: A Position Paper by the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) Committee on Nutrition

Fewtrell, Mary*; Bronsky, Jiri; Campoy, Cristina; Domellöf, Magnus§; Embleton, Nicholas||; Fidler Mis, Nataša; Hojsak, Iva#; Hulst, Jessie M.**; Indrio, Flavia††; Lapillonne, Alexandre‡‡,§§; Molgaard, Christian||||,¶¶


In the article that appeared on page 119 in the January 2017 issue of Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, the authors inadvertently did not include a conflicts of interest statement. Please find the conflict of interest statement here:

C.C., C.M., N.F.M., I.H., A.L., N.E., F.I., and J.H. report no conflict of interest with respect to this paper. M.F. has received expenses and honoraria for lecturing on complementary feeding at 3 Nestle Nutrition Institute educational events; and for participating in a workshop on vegetables in complementary feeding with funding from Ella's kitchen and an expert group on iron in infant nutrition funded by Mead Johnson. M.D. received honoraria and expenses for participating in an expert group on iron in infant nutrition funded by Mead Johnson. J.B. received an honorarium from Nutricia for a lecture including CF.

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 64(4):653, April 2017.

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition: January 2017 - Volume 64 - Issue 1 - p 119–132
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000001454
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ABSTRACT This position paper considers different aspects of complementary feeding (CF), focussing on healthy term infants in Europe. After reviewing current knowledge and practices, we have formulated these recommendations: Timing: Exclusive or full breast-feeding should be promoted for at least 4 months (17 weeks, beginning of the 5th month of life) and exclusive or predominant breast-feeding for approximately 6 months (26 weeks, beginning of the 7th month) is a desirable goal. Complementary foods (solids and liquids other than breast milk or infant formula) should not be introduced before 4 months but should not be delayed beyond 6 months. Content: Infants should be offered foods with a variety of flavours and textures including bitter tasting green vegetables. Continued breast-feeding is recommended alongside CF. Whole cows’ milk should not be used as the main drink before 12 months of age. Allergenic foods may be introduced when CF is commenced any time after 4 months. Infants at high risk of peanut allergy (those with severe eczema, egg allergy, or both) should have peanut introduced between 4 and 11 months, following evaluation by an appropriately trained specialist. Gluten may be introduced between 4 and 12 months, but consumption of large quantities should be avoided during the first weeks after gluten introduction and later during infancy. All infants should receive iron-rich CF including meat products and/or iron-fortified foods. No sugar or salt should be added to CF and fruit juices or sugar-sweetened beverages should be avoided. Vegan diets should only be used under appropriate medical or dietetic supervision and parents should understand the serious consequences of failing to follow advice regarding supplementation of the diet. Method: Parents should be encouraged to respond to their infant's hunger and satiety queues and to avoid feeding to comfort or as a reward.

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*Childhood Nutrition Research Centre, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London, UK

Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital Motol, Prague, Czech Republic

Department of Paediatrics, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

§Department of Clinical Sciences, Pediatrics, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

||Newcastle Neonatal Service, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust and Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

#University Children's Hospital Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

**Erasmus MC, Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

††Ospedale Pediatrico Giovanni XXIII, University of Bari, Bari, Italy

‡‡Paris Descartes University, APHP Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, Paris, France

§§CNRC, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

||||Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, København

¶¶Pediatric Nutrition Unit, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Mary Fewtrell, MD, Childhood Nutrition Research Centre, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford St, London WC1N 1EH, UK (e-mail:

Received 19 October, 2016

Accepted 24 October, 2016

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