Optimizing Early Nutrition for Long-Term Benefits

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This education is about:

  • Sensitive periods of development during the first 1,000 days
  • The role of early nutrition in neurocognitive development
  • Human milk as a complex biological system 
  • The long-term effects of early nutrient deficiencies
  • Strategies for optimizing early nutrition to support later health and well-being

Why it matters:
Early nutrition plays a fundamental role in ongoing growth and cognitive development, and nutrient requirements change according to sensitive periods of development. The dynamic nature of early nutritional needs is not fully understood. Research in this area is rapidly evolving, and clinicians require ongoing educational updates to remain current and proactively support optimal infant feeding practices.

Target Audience:

Pediatricians, pediatric nurses, dietitians, and other healthcare providers who treat infants and children

Course Credit:

1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1 ANCC Contact hour(s)
1 CA-BRN Contact hour(s)
1 CDR Contact hour(s)


Opens: 2023-08-08
Closes: 2025-08-08

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Reckitt | Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Sharon M. Donovan, PhD, RD

    Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair
    Director, Personalized Nutrition Initiative
    Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Urbana, Illinois


  • Michael K. Georgieff, MD

    Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Chair
    Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Developmental Psychology
    Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
    Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development
    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

Learning Objectives

  • Identify nutrients critical for brain and cognitive development during the first 1,000 days
  • Associate potential early nutrient deficiencies with long-term consequences
  • Synthesize current research to recommend infant feeding practices that provide optimal nutrition to a variety of infants