Presentation Information

Alice Callahan

The Science of Infant Feeding: New Research on Gut Development, Microbiome, and Risk of Allergy

  • Speaker: Alice Callahan , PhD
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
Abstract:

Research continually uncovers the complex relationship between infant feeding and development. It’s driven by our fascination and desire to understand early development, but it also has real-world implications for the decisions parents make about how to feed their babies. New parents and even perinatal professionals are often confused about infant feeding guidelines, finding information to be conflicting, overwhelming, and ever-changing. We’ll start with an overview of how an infant’s gastrointestinal tract develops and what we know about how human milk consumption supports optimal development. Then we’ll delve into the latest research on intestinal permeability, early formula supplementation, and timing of introduction of solid foods to prevent allergies. Feeding is one of the primary ways that we care for and show babies that we love them, and by providing up-to-date and accurate information, perinatal professionals can help families feel calm and confident about their feeding choices.