Lactoferrin: A Key Nutrient to Support Gut Health in Developing Infants

Paolo Manzoni, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, division of neonatology and NICU, at Sant’Anna Hospital in Torino, Italy, reviews the nutritional components of fresh human milk and how these components contribute to brain and gut development. Dr. Manzoni discusses lactoferrin's role in gut development and its potential health benefits in the developing infant. He also describes the role of lactoferrin in clinical practice, and its use in fortification strategies and in formula.

Course Credit:

1.00 AANP Contact Hour
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1.00 ANCC Contact Hour
1.00 CA-BRN Contact Hour
1.00 CDR Contact Hour


Opens: 2018-02-20
Closes: 2020-02-19

Target Audience:

This activity was developed for neonatologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, registered dietitians and other health care professionals who have an interest in pediatric nutrition.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Paolo Manzoni, MD, PhD

    Neonatology and NICU, Sant’Anna Hospital, Torino
    Qualified as Full Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology
    Chairman, Neonatal Infectious Diseases Collaborative Group, the Italian Society of Neonatology
    Pediatrics-Neonatology External Consultant, Italian Drug Agency (AIFA) and European Medicine Agency (EMA)
    Scientific Board, European Association of Perinatal Medicine (EAPM)
    Torino, Italy

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the components of human milk that support brain and gut development
  • Explain how GI processes and functions are impacted by lactoferrin in the developing infant
  • Use evidence-based research to develop a supplementation plan that best aligns with the nutrients provided in human milk

Faculty Disclosures

Paolo Manzoni, MD, PhD

  • Consultant
    • AbbVie – Clinical area: antivirals
    • Astellas – Clinical area: antifungals
    • Janssen – Clinical area: antivirals
    • Mead Johnson Nutrition – Clinical area: infant nutrition
  • Speakers Bureau
    • AbbVie – Clinical area: antivirals
    • AstraZeneca – Clinical area: antivirals

Accreditation and Certification

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 040207.
This program is designated for up to 1.00 contact hour. Program ID# 5591-EM2.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
A maximum of 1.00 contact hour may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13664, for 1.00 contact hour.
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Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.00 hour continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material.
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Josh Paul (Medical Writer)
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Gabrielle Schwilk, FNP-BC, MSN (Lead Nurse Planner)
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