Recommendations on complementary feeding for healthy, full-term infants

Ital J Pediatr. 2015 Apr 28;41:36. doi: 10.1186/s13052-015-0143-5.


Weaning (or introduction of complementary feeding) is a special and important moment in the growth of a child, both for the family and the infant itself, and it can play a major role in the child's future health. Throughout the years, various weaning modes have come in succession, the latest being baby-led weaning; the timing for introducing foods and the requirements of which sort of nutrient for weaning have also changed over time. Furthermore, the role played by nutrition, especially in the early stages of life, for the onset of later non-communicable disorders, such as diabetes, obesity or coeliac disease has also been increasingly highlighted.Members of Italian Society of Gastroenterology, Hepathology and Pediatric Nutrition (SIGENP) and the Italian Society of Allergology and Pediatric Immunology (SIAIP) Emilia Romagna here propose a practical approach for pediatricians to deal with daily practice. The four main areas for discussion were weaning in relation with the onset of allergic diseases, coeliac disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, the nutrition requirements to take into account for assessing the diet of infants under one year of age and about the practice of baby-led weaning focusing on limits and benefits, respectively.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Feeding Behavior
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Food / standards
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / standards*
  • Nutritional Status*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Reference Values