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Maternal Nutrition Services

The health and nutritional status of women during their pregnancy is such an important contributor not only towards the health of the mother, but towards overall fetal health, growth and development. At Nourish Hope we aim to provide services to these women to ensure that they are at their optimal nutritional status from conception till the end of their pregnancy and beyond. These services we offer will include the measuring of blood pressure and glucose levels, ensuring maternal supplements (iron, folate, calcium etc.) are being taken, assessing body max index (BMI), and providing meal plans and/or nutritional supplements accordingly. We will educate the mothers on healthy, balanced eating while they are pregnant and breastfeeding, as well as the importance of exclusive breastfeeding (providing only breast milk for the first 6 months of life), guidelines for the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), and adequate and timely complementary feeding guidelines.

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Child Nutrition Services

From birth, optimal nutritional status of the child is of utmost importance. Breast milk builds the child’s immune system, can protect against future allergies, provides the correct nutrients to the child in exactly the correct amount, provides important bonding between mother and child, and is readily available at no financial cost. At Nourish Hope, we are experts at providing this information to mothers, and can assist the mother with correct latching and expressing techniques. In some cases, mothers are not able or willing to breastfeed, and then the correct infant formula needs to be supplied based on the child’s age, weight, allergies, intolerances and preferences.  At Nourish Hope we will provide all these services, as well as growth monitoring practices for the children from birth up until two years of age. Their weight-for-age scores, height-for-age scores, and their weight-for-height scores will be determined and plotted, from which we will be able to identify which of the children are underweight, severely underweight, stunted, severely stunted, overweight, obese and which of the children at risk for moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) and severe acute malnutrition (SAM). By practicing routine growth monitoring principles we will be able to detect growth problems early and provide the education and supplementation needed n order to treat and prevent the malnutrition before it becomes irreversible.

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