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Course Overview

The first year of life is unparalleled in terms of rate of growth and development for the infant. In order 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. Many factors determine an infants’ need for nutrients including body size, rate of growth, reserves acquired in utero by the fetus, and dietary intake. Breastfeeding is the optimal feeding for healthy newborns, so several chapters in this course focus on breastfeeding. The many nutrition, health, and economic benefits of breastfeeding are discussed. Since maternal nutritional status influences the quality and quantity of breastmilk consumed by infants, it must be carefully considered. 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. Special attention is given to the differences in feeding, stooling, and growth patterns between breastfed and formula-fed infants since these parameters are important factors in evaluating infant nutritional status.

About the Course Author

Patricia J. Becker, MS, RD, CSP, CNSC is a pediatric dietitian nutrition specialist, board certified in nutrition support and pediatric nutrition with experience in milk bank management, neonatal intensive care, NICU graduate care, baby friend hospital certification, pediatric inpatient, and outpatient care.  She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters including the Consensus Statement for the Identification and Documentation of Pediatric Malnutrition (undernutrition), and is managing editor for the fifth edition of the Pediatric Nutrition Handbook (Jones and Bartlett publisher). She has served as the chair of the Academy’s Evidence Analysis Library Pediatric Nutrition Risk Screening Project. Education: MS, Bridgeport University; BS University of Cincinnati.

Patricia J. Becker, MS, RD, CSP, CNSC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This course is approved for 10.0 contact hours.
  • Certified Health Education Specialist


    Sponsored by Relias LLC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 10.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.

  • American College of Sports Medicine


    The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Relias LLC meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2022 (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 Details
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Analyze the diet of a breastfeeding woman and make recommendations for improvement.; Compare and contrast the composition of breastmilk and formula.; Define at least three feeding practices that result in breastfeeding success in the early weeks.; Describe feeding recommendations for normal healthy infants.; Describe five factors which can impact milk volume.; Describe the progression of foods in relationship to infant development.; Discuss growth patterns of infants from birth to 12 months.; 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.; Evaluate infant feeding patterns to determine adequacy of intake.; List six or more benefits mothers and infants gain from breastfeeding.; Recommend weaning strategies for breastfed and formula-fed infants.; Suggest roles for nutrition professionals in breastfeeding promotion and support.
  • Outline:

    Chapter One: The Growing Infant     

    Chapter Two: Nutrient Needs in the First Year    

    Chapter Three: The Case for Breastfeeding       

    Chapter Four: The Physiology of Lactation       

    Chapter Five: Human Milk       

    Chapter Six: The Breastfed Infant       

    Chapter Seven: Nutrition Needs of Breastfeeding Women       

    Chapter Eight: Breastfeeding Promotion and Support       

    Chapter Nine: The Formula Fed Infant       

    Chapter Ten: Formula Tolerance and Specialty Formulas       

    Chapter Eleven: Weaning and Introducing Solid Foods

    Review Question Answers       


    Appendix 1a: Birth to 24 Months: Boys Weight-for-length and Head Circumference Percentiles

    Appendix 1b: Birth to 24 Months: Boys Length-for-age and Weight-for-age Percentiles

    Appendix 2a: Birth to 24 Months: Girls Weight-for-length and Head Circumference Percentiles

    Appendix 2b: Birth to 24 Months: Girls Length-for-age and Weight-for-age Percentiles

    Appendix 3a: Fetal-Infant Growth Chart for Preterm Infant Boys

    Appendix 3b: Fetal-Infant Growth Chart for Preterm Infant Girls

    Appendix 4: Resources for Specialized Growth Charts

    Appendix 5: Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for Infants

    Appendix 6: Nutrition Questionnaire for Breastfeeding Women

    Appendix 7: Nutrition Questionnaire for Infants

    Appendix 8: Common Concerns about Breastfeeding

    Appendix 9: Nutrient Profile of Mature Human Milk

    Appendix 10: Keeping Expressed Breastmilk Safe

    Appendix 11: Recommended Books About Breastfeeding

    Appendix 12: Nutrition Recommendations for Breastfeeding Women

    Appendix 13: Food and Nutrition Programs for Mothers and Children

    Appendix 14: Breastfeeding – Off to a Good Start

    Appendix 15: Common Breastfeeding Problems

    Appendix 16: Composition of Selected Cow’s Milk Formulas

    Appendix 17: Guidelines for Bottle Feeding

    Appendix 18: Tips for Introducing Solid Foods

    Appendix 19: Preparing Baby Foods at Home

    Appendix 20: Food for Your Growing Baby


  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Athletic Trainers; Fitness Professionals; Health Educators; Level II level Dietitians.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.