Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days: Iron

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Iron plays a critical role in early neurodevelopment in the first 1,000 days and is an essential micronutrient during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. Michael K. Georgieff, MD, discusses how early detection for at-risk infants is crucial in long-term consequences for brain health, and that proper screening for maternal iron deficiency is critical. Dr. Georgieff details how to prevent and treat iron deficiency, the benefits of iron supplements, as well as recommended daily intake of iron-fortified formula for both formula-fed and breastfed infants.

The overarching goal of this curriculum is to improve the clinician’s ability to guide mothers and children toward nutrition that supports optimal growth and development during the first 1,000 days.

Course Credit:

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


Opens: 2020-12-23
Closes: 2022-12-23

Target Audience:

This activity was developed for pediatric physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and other healthcare providers who have an interest in newborns, infants and toddlers.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Michael K. Georgieff, MD

    Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Chair
    Professor in Pediatrics and the Institute of Child Development
    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how iron deficiency hinders brain development in the first 1,000 days
  • Associate early iron deficiency with long-term consequences
  • Optimally manage iron deficiency in pregnant women and infants

Faculty Disclosures

Michael K. Georgieff, MD

No relationships to disclose.

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 activity 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 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.
To receive credit for education contact hours outside of the state of California, please check with your state board of registered nursing for reciprocity.
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.
Provider Number AC857; Activity Number 160176.
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Additional Content Planners

Erin Allen, MS, RD, LDN (Dietitian Reviewer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Victoria Anderson (Medical Writer)
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    • Abbott 
    • AbbVie

Coy Flowers, MD (Peer Reviewer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Heather M. Jimenez, FNP-C (Nurse Planner)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences

All staff at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower have no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.