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Complementary feeding and obesity


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Complementary feeding and obesity

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Introduction to infant feeding recommendations
90 minutes
Understanding obesity risk and describing infant feeding recommendations
Type of food, timing and feeding style
120 minutes
Exploring associations of infant feeding and obesity
The role of the health visitor
45 minutes
Understanding the role of the Health Visitor
Reflecting on practice
120 minutes
Reflect on and explore your practice

Complete the course to access the final assessment.

Course details

This course is designed for midwives, health visitors, practice nurses and all other healthcare professionals advising pregnant women and/or working with infants, including in an early years setting.

The course content covers:

  • Prevalence, consequences and risk factors for childhood obesity;
  • Guidelines for infant feeding in the UK;
  • Current infant feeding practices and nutrient intakes amongst infants and young children, including ethnic and socioeconomic differences;
  • The timing and type of complementary feeding and risk of obesity;
  • Complementary feeding practices in UK, Europe and elsewhere;
  • The role of the healthcare professional in identification of at-risk groups and prevention of obesity.

Course structure

The course is made up of modules;  each module represents a step in learning. This allows the course to be completed at your own pace.

The first 3 modules are knowledge based and will help to develop your understanding of:

  • infant feeding recommendations and early life risk factors for obesity;
  • the relationship between risk of obesity and type of food, timing and feeding style in infant feeding;
  • the role of the health visitor.

The last module is a skills based module that will look at some practice scenarios and encourage you to reflect on your practice. This will build on knowledge you will already have, what you have learnt on the course and explore your skills and techniques.

Course support

On each module we provide a brief outline of the unit content and a statement of what the learner should know or understand as a result of the learning. Within each module summaries and take home messages are provided to bring out the main learning.

A glossary and a list of the scientific references used in the course are available for you to download when you log into the course. You will also be able to find additional reading and the handbook.

If you have any questions about the course please contact the British Nutrition Foundation:

Completion of course

On completion of the course content, and further to answering a few simple  test and evaluation questions, you can receive a certificate of participation for your CPD records

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BNF is grateful for the financial support provided by Nestle Nutrition towards the production of this course. The content has been developed by BNF alone.

Certification details

At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of participation from the British Nutrition Foundation.