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In this course, explore common questions such as should I use breast milk, formula milk, or both, and when should I introduce solid food.
KAREN CAMPBELL: Babies triple their birth weight and grow 50% longer in the first year of life. They go from being totally dependent on you for their movement to holding their heads, sitting up, crawling, and possibly walking, all by the time they turn 1. In other words, you’re on a mission to grow and develop, and this takes some effort and of course he’s fueled by the food they’ll learn to consume. Hi, I’m professor Karen Campbell from the school of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University.
Parents passionately want their children to do well in life, and the desire to feed our children to ensure that they grow well, meet their potential, and be as healthy and happy as possible is of course universal. Around the world, parents anxiously monitor their baby’s feeding and growth and take advice from the many who will proffer opinions on what to do and when. As a result, many parents feel uncertain about how to best feed their baby across the first years of life. With this in mind, some of the common questions from parents that this course aims to address are going to include, should I use breast milk, formula milk, or both.
When should I introduce solid food, and on which ones should I even introduce first? What texture should foods be, and should I offer them before or after the breast and formula milk? How will I know if my baby is actually growing as they should, and how can I make sure that my baby becomes a really good eater. In this course, we’ve covered all of these issues and more. We’ll walk you through feeding a baby across the first year of life and discuss breast and infant formula feeding, the introduction of solids, and the inexorable move of your infant from the high chair to the family table.
Through all of this, we emphasise the importance of helping you to feel informed and empowered in your decision making, and we encourage you to reflect on your own situations and experiences, to participate in our discussions, and to review and analyse the relevant, evidence-based materials we’ll provide. By the end of this course, our aim is to make sure that you feel supported and that you have all the basic information you need to help you make confident decisions about how best to feed your child in their first year of life.

The arrival of a new baby is an amazing and very exciting time, but it can also be stressful and confusing.

At Deakin University, our research work with parents tells us that many parents find feeding infants is not always as simple as they’d thought it would be. For example, parents tell us that:

  • establishing breastfeeding is often not easy and that they needed more support
  • they’re confused about when it’s okay to introduce solid foods and about what foods they should be offering
  • they didn’t know their child would spit food out, fuss about food and have distinct likes and dislikes
  • they get stuck in a rut preparing only foods they know their child will enjoy.

What will I be learning?

In this course we’ll address all of these issues and more as we walk you through a baby’s first year of life, from breast and/or bottle to the highchair and dining table.

With this in mind, we ask you to be aware that many of the materials in this course have been sourced from our research and higher-degree programs at Deakin University.

So while we intend to primarily focus on providing helpful and up-to-date information for new parents, we’ll also be drawing on information equally relevant to professional healthcare practitioners.

As a result, you’ll notice that this course has a three-pronged focus on the practical, cultural and scientific aspects of early infant nutrition.

Your learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the importance of breastfeeding and formula in meeting the nutritional requirements of infants
  • outline the method for introducing solid foods to the diets of infants
  • describe the significance of feeding infants during family meals.

Meet the team

Your Lead Educator for this course is Professor Karen Campbell, a leading, internationally renowned practice-based research and teaching academic specialising in childhood nutrition.

You’ll also hear from other subject matter experts in the field of nutrition at Deakin, including:

If you haven’t already, view your team’s profiles and follow them for course updates, feedback and discussions.

Your task

Watch the video to find out more from Karen about what you’ll be covering in this course.

When you’re done, use the comments to introduce yourself and share why you’re taking this online course and what you hope to get out of it.

Next, select the mark as complete button and move on to Step 1.2.

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