Numerous data have highlighted the relationship between the nutrition received in infancy/early childhood and future health. Breast-feeding remains the "gold-standard"; however, more than half of all US infants are formula-fed by the age of 6 months. As health conditions such as obesity and allergic disorders remain on the rise, increased attention is being given to the relationship between early nutrition and the development of such conditions.
This series of 3 clinical case studies will explore many of the nutritional issues that clinicians who manage the care of infants are likely to encounter in practice. The activity will prepare participants to more effectively counsel parents on the latest recommendations and evidence-based data on optimal infant feeding and to help set the stage for positive health throughout each child's life span.
As a complement to this program, a downloadable Parent Education tip sheet is available to be printed and distributed to parents/caretakers. This sheet will better enable parents to make appropriate nutritional choices throughout the first year of a baby's life.
This series is jointly sponsored by Medical Education Resources (MER) and Haymarket Medical Education (HME) and supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
Nancy Murray, RN, BSN, MSN
Laurel J. Prestridge, MD