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Infant Nutrition: from Breastfeeding to Baby's First Solids

It’s well known that good early nutrition is vital to the development, health and wellbeing of children, but what does this mean?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, starting from when you join
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Infant Nutrition: from Breastfeeding to Baby's First Solids

Why join the course?

The birth of a child is exciting and exhilarating. It can also be stressful and confusing.

In this free online course, follow the story of a baby’s first year of life to learn about the principles of infant nutrition and how you can apply them by answering the following questions:

What are babies’ nutritional requirements?

Explore infants’ nutritional requirements and the importance of both breastfeeding and formula in meeting them.

What does the science say?

Explore and compare global nutritional guidelines, best practice and evidence-based research to find out what foods babies need, and how much and how often to feed them.

What are some practical tips for feeding, weaning and dealing with fussy eaters?

Discover when and how to introduce solid foods, and why participating in family meals is important for promoting food acceptance and preferences for lifelong health and wellbeing.

Learn from nutritional experts

Deakin University and the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition are leaders in the field of nutrition and many of our academics are international leaders in nutrition research.

Our evidence-based, community-led Infant Program for new mothers has been used in Australia and has informed programs in a number of other countries.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsThere's nothing in the world quite like the arrival of a new baby. For parents, this is an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be stressful and confusing, especially when it comes to what, when, and how to feed our babies in their first year of life. Hello. I'm Professor Karen Campbell from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science at Deakin University. Research consistently shows that the first 12 months of life are critical in terms of a child's development and lifelong well-being. In this time, babies triple their weight and grow 50% longer than they were at birth. Appropriate nutrition, therefore, is going to be vital to support this development. But what should babies be fed? How much do they need?

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsHow often should we feed them? And how, with so much often conflicting advice and information available to new parents, can we be sure we're doing the right thing by our babies? As leaders in the field of nutrition for all life stages, Deakin University and the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition are uniquely placed to help you answer these questions. Our community-led infant programme for new mothers is world renowned, while our team of experienced and internationally recognised academic staff and researchers have been delivering online education for almost 30 years. During this two-week course, you'll learn about the nutritional requirements of infants in their first year of life and investigate the importance of things like breastfeeding and infant formula feeding.

Skip to 1 minute and 39 seconds We'll explore when and how to introduce solid foods, and discover the importance of the family meal, and of course, the vital role that parents play in establishing lifelong, healthy eating habits for their children. This course will be of interest and value to both new parents and to health care professionals alike. So whether you want to know more about nutrition and the behavioural science of feeding babies or are interested in pursuing further studies in nutrition, I encourage you to join me and our team of experts in nutrition by enrolling in this free online course.

What topics will you cover?

The arrival of a new baby is an amazing and very exciting time, but it can also be stressful and confusing. Many parents find feeding infants is not as simple as they thought it would be. This course focused on:

  • practical solutions to help with breastfeeding
  • the role infant formula plays in a baby’s early nutrition
  • nutritional principles for feeding infants between six and 12 months of age
  • strategies for coping with fussy eaters.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Identify the key principles of good infant nutrition.
  • Explain the importance of breastfeeding and what role infant formula may play.
  • Outline a method for introducing solid foods into the diet of infants.
  • Identify a range of healthy nutritious foods for infants.

Who is the course for?

This course has been specially created for parents of new infants and healthcare practitioners with an interest in early childhood nutrition and those wanting to study nutrition.

Who will you learn with?

Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell is a Professor in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University. Her work focuses on improving maternal and child health through achieving optimal nutrition.

Who developed the course?

Deakin is Australia’s eighth largest university with over 53 000 students from more than 100 countries, with one quarter choosing to study wholly online at our Cloud Campus.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £59.00

Statement of Participation £39.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.

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