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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?

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • 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.

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 secondsWe'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?

  • Infants’ nutritional requirements and the importance of both breastfeeding and formula in meeting them.
  • Comparison of 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
  • When and how to introduce solid foods
  • Why participating in family meals is important for promoting food acceptance and preferences for lifelong health and wellbeing

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • 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 University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus!

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $74 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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