• Deakin University

Infant Nutrition: from Breastfeeding to Baby's First Solids

Learn what good infant nutrition looks like, how and what to feed a baby, and how to start weaning.

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Infant Nutrition: from Breastfeeding to Baby's First Solids

Explore the principles of good nutrition in the first 12 months of a baby’s life

In this insightful course led by nutritional experts from Deakin University, you’ll trace the milestones in a baby’s first year of life to learn about the principles of good infant nutrition and how you can apply them.

You’ll explore the nutritional requirements of young children, as well as why healthy food for babies is so essential.

Discover the benefits of breastfeeding and the role of infant formula

Both breastfeeding and formula can form an essential part of a young child’s nutrition, and you’ll explore how and why this is. You’ll learn about the benefits of breastfeeding and why formula can be so useful.

This course also gives you the opportunity to get to grips with some of the global infant nutrition guidelines and best-practices.

Learn how to develop an infant feeding schedule and how to start weaning

You’ll learn what and how much to feed babies, how and when to start weaning onto baby’s first solids, and practical strategies for dealing with fussy eaters.

This course also gives you the chance to understand why an infant feeding schedule is important. As babies move from milk and mushy stuff to take their place at the family table, you’ll learn why this step is so important.

Understand and identify what foods babies need

By the end of the course, as well as understanding the principles behind infant feeding guidelines, you’ll also know about what types of foods are healthy and nutritious for infants.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds There’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 seconds How 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?

  • 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.

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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
  • Describe methods for introducing solid foods into the diet of infants
  • Identify a range of healthy nutritious foods for infants
  • Describe the significance of feeding infants during family meals.

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, including those wanting to undertake further study.

Who will you learn with?

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

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

    1974
  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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