Maternal and Infant Nutrition - FIT94

Maternal and Infant Nutrition

by Patricia J. Becker, MS, RD, CSP, CNSC
(4.4 / 98 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (1.00 CEU)

Price: $186.00
CE-PRO Price: $93.00


The first year of life is unparalleled in terms of rate of growth and development for the infant. To provide the infant with the best possible start, it is essential that all nutrient needs be met and that positive and supportive feeding techniques are established. Breastfeeding is the optimal feeding for healthy newborns, so several chapters in this course focus on breastfeeding. Since maternal nutritional status influences the quality and quantity of breastmilk consumed by infants, one chapter deals exclusively with this topic. Some women choose not to breastfeed or discontinue breastfeeding before their infants are a year old. Therefore, formula feeding also is discussed in detail. The last chapter covers weaning and introducing solid foods. With review exercises and case studies, this course is designed to increase your knowledge, confidence, and competence in providing nutrition services to families with infants.


The goal of this course is to increase the knowledge, confidence, and competence of nutrition professionals in providing nutrition services to families with infants. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss growth patterns of infants from birth to 12 months.
  • List six or more benefits mothers and infants gain from breastfeeding.
  • Define at least three feeding practices that result in breastfeeding success in the early weeks.
  • Suggest roles for nutrition professionals in breastfeeding promotion and support.
  • Describe five factors which can impact milk volume.
  • Analyze the diet of a breastfeeding woman and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate infant feeding patterns to determine adequacy of intake.
  • Compare and contrast the composition of breastmilk and formula.
  • Describe feeding recommendations for normal healthy infants.
  • Recommend weaning strategies for breastfed and formula-fed infants.
  • Describe the progression of foods in relationship to infant development.
  • Discuss the feeding relationship and the roles of infants and parents at different ages through the first year.
  • Discuss various types of formulas and indications for their use.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, athletic trainers, and fitness professionals.
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 1.0 ACE CEC.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Nutrition Dimension meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2010 to 2013 (provider #681205). ACSM’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 10.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Course Originally Released on: 2/7/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/14/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/14/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Diane W - Cape Coral , FL  ·  Nov 02, 2019
good educational review on breast feeding
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Kayla F - Chesapeake, VA  ·  Feb 07, 2019
Although not in my direct job description, I am a soon to be mother and have learned a lot that could potentially help me and other people in my field.
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Gloria C - Cedar Park, TX  ·  Oct 15, 2018
easy to complete at home
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Melissa M - Hamden, CT  ·  Jun 09, 2018
Very informative. Great info that one wouldn't normally have opportunity to learn for specialized clients
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Monica B - VIRGINIA BEACH, VA  ·  Dec 31, 2017
I liked it; is useful knowledge in my practice as a Mother-Baby RN
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Price: $186.00
CE-PRO Price: $93.00