WiRED Launches Infant Feeding Module

BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN

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ufficient nutrition during infancy is essential not only for survival but for lifelong health and well-being. WiRED International just released a module on infant feeding into its Health Learning Center.

 

WiRED’s Infant Feeding Module is indexed in WiRED’s 24-part Mother and Child Health Series. This module covers infant nutrition, breastfeeding guidelines and benefits, breastfeeding while sick, allergies to breastmilk, HIV and infant feeding and introducing solid food.

 


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In the first two years of a child’s life, optimal nutrition fosters healthy growth and improves cognitive development. It also reduces the risk of becoming overweight or obese and developing chronic diseases later in life. Exclusive breastfeeding for six months has many benefits for the infant and mother, and initiating breastfeeding within one hour of birth protects the newborn from acquiring infections and reduces newborn mortality. The risk of mortality due to diarrhea and infections can increase in infants who are either partially breastfed or not breastfed at all.

 

The World Health Organization states that few children receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods; in many countries less than a fourth of infants six to 23 months of age have a varied enough diet or are fed often enough for their age.

 

Check out WiRED’s Infant Feeding Module to learn more about giving children the best possible start in life.

 

 


You can download the module in this story, and all 400+ of WiRED’s health modules, through WiRED’s Health Module Access Program (HealthMAP) by clicking here. This completely free program will enable you to create your own customized collection of health learning modules. You can learn more about HealthMAP through WiRED's animation.

 

 

 

 

Quiz Questions from WiRED’s Infant Feeding Module

1. Poor nutrition can lead to which outcomes?

 a. Reduced immunity
 b. Increased susceptibility to disease
 c. Impaired physical and mental development
 d. Reduced productivity
 e. All of the above

2. Breast milk provides perfect and complete nutrition for infants. True or false?

 a. True  b. False

3. Babies who are fed a formula based on cow’s milk or soy tend to have more ______________ than do breastfed babies.

 a. Hair loss  b. Allergic reactions  c. Muscle cramps

4. HIV can pass from a mother to her child during pregnancy, labor or delivery, and through breast milk. True or false?

 a. True  b. False

 


WiRED’s Mother and Child Health Series

 

WiRED’s Mother and Child Health Series provides a 24-part comprehensive training program to assist families, caregivers, community health workers and others with subjects related to the following four topics:

  • Before Pregnancy
  • Pregnant Now
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Parenting
The Mother and Child Health series will be used by schools, clinics and hospitals and nongovernmental organizations that help families prepare for a healthy pregnancy, delivery and the years of childhood up to age five.

 

WiRED embraces WHO’s maternal, newborn and child health principle, “Continuum of Care,” in which skilled care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period prevents complications and allows for their early detection and appropriate management.

 

 

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