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Learning online with Deakin

Deakin’s online courses are based on a few, but important, learning principles. To get the most out of this course, we encourage you to keep in mind the following. Our …

Vegetarian and vegan diets

Plant based diets are increasingly popular and they are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including infancy, childhood, pregnancy and breastfeeding. In Australia, it’s estimated that around 9–11% …

Extreme fussy eating in children

For some children, fussy eating is a persistent struggle that can lead to health concerns for parents and carers. Understanding the reasons behind the fussiness and when to seek professional …

Sodium: what you need to know about salt

While eating too much sodium (commonly known as salt) in early life is of concern, there are many simple strategies to help to reduce the amount of sodium in the …

How much food do babies need?

Breastmilk or infant formula are the key sources of nutrients for a young infant but these foods will progressively be replaced by family foods from around six to 12 months …

Baby-led weaning

Baby-led weaning is an approach to feeding babies their first foods that has gained popularity in recent years. In this approach: the baby feeds themselves (ie there is no spoon …

Infant Nutrition: Introducing Solid Foods

You may think something as natural as transitioning from breast or formula milk to solid foods would be quite simple, yet we know that many parents feel very anxious about …

When should babies start solid foods?

While advice about when to introduce solid foods to infants varies around the world, most countries recommend that solids should be offered at around six months of age and not …

Welcome back

Hello and welcome to Week 2 of Infant Nutrition. Last week, we focused on the importance of good nutrition in an infant’s diet over the first six months of life. …

What’s on for next week?

While the first week of our course focused on an infant’s first six months of life and was all about milk, the second week of our course is all about …

Best-practice feeding with formula

For new parents who can’t or choose not to breastfeed, it’s important that we support them to feed formula in the best way possible to promote the optimal growth and …

Is infant formula a substitute for breastmilk?

When breastmilk is not an option, infant formula is the only suitable alternative. Historically, parents have been advised to make up their own infant formulas using a range of products. …