Supporting Neurodevelopment With Brain-Building Nutrition

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This education is about:

  • Infant brain and neurocognitive development
  • The importance of lipids on neurodevelopment
  • Milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) structure and function
  • Effects of MFGM supplementation on cognitive outcomes

Why it matters:

Supporting brain and neurocognitive development is critical during the first 1,000 days of life. Nutrition plays a foundational role during this sensitive period of development. The brain, which is 60% lipids, nearly doubles in size from birth to 2 years of age. The lipids found in human milk, which are encapsulated by the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM), are key nutrients for promoting neurodevelopment. Understanding the functional role of MFGM in infant development and the potential benefits of providing supplemental MFGM to formula-fed infants is necessary for clinicians caring for infants in the earliest stages of life.

Target Audience:

Developed to support primary care physicians, general practitioners, pediatricians, and other healthcare providers who treat infants and children.

Course Credit:

0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
0.75 CDR Contact hour(s)


Opens: 2024-06-18
Closes: 2026-06-18

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • John Colombo, PhD

    Professor of Psychology
    Director of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
    Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    University of Kansas
    Lawrence, Kansas

  • Magnus Domellöf, MD, PhD

    Professor of Pediatrics
    Umeå University
    Senior Consultant (attending) Physician
    Department of Clinical Sciences
    Umeå, Sweden

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the impact of nutrition on brain growth and neurodevelopment
  • Identify key components of the structure, composition, and functionality of MFGM in breast milk and its significance to infant nutrition
  • Support clinicians’ confidence in their ability to communicate the clinical benefits of infant formula with MFGM in early infant growth and development