Optimizing Infant Nutrition: The How, When and Why of Breastfeeding, Complementary Foods, and Fortifiers– Nutrition is essential for the normal growth and development of infants, and early nutrition can also affect health later in life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified pervasive nutritional problems in infants and young children in the United States. Although the gold standard of infant nutrition is breastfeeding, breastfeeding rates remain below the goals of Healthy People 2010. Women are challenged to balance the demands of daily life with the need to provide an adequate milk supply so that most infants receive formula to supplement human milk. Mothers have indicated that they want more information about infant nutrition, but their need for guidance on infant nutrition has not been met by healthcare providers. Less than 30% of medical schools offer curricula on nutrition counseling, and this deficit in medical training underscores the important role of continuing education. Physicians have also cited their lack of training about infant nutrition in medical school, and this lack has prevented nutrition services from becoming a routine part of care. In addition, healthcare providers may not offer nutrition counseling to their patients, which contradicts the goal of Healthy People 2010 that all contacts with health professionals should include some form of nutrition education and nutrition counseling. Studies of physicians and other healthcare providers also show gaps in knowledge of dietary considerations, particularly related to fatty acids. Progress in the understanding of infant and toddler dietary needs has led to significant advances in nutrition management and supplementation. This includes insight into the role of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, prebiotics, and probiotics. This educational monograph will address these identified needs, with the goal of providing an accessible resource for healthcare professionals that details optimal infant nutrition.
Describe optimal infant nutrition, specify dietary needs, and outline current recommendations.
Communicate to mothers about meeting the nutritional needs of their infants while balancing breastfeeding with other nutritional options, and balancing with lifestyle demands.
Identify, prevent, and manage common nutritional issues in infants, such as allergies, gastrointestinal health, and insufficient intake of specific nutrients.
Discuss effective and motivational strategies for nutritional counseling.
1.5 Free CPEUs for Registered Dieticians and Dietary Techs
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners