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Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture: Controversies and Challenges, 2nd Edition

  • The short and long term effects of nutrition on health

  • The nature of the nutritive and nurturing relationship between mother and infant

  • The interactions between socio-cultural and biological factors in food and health

  • The challenges and controversies inherent in the field of maternal and infant nutrition

Optimal maternal and infant nutrition, in particular breastfeeding, is a key national and international focus within public health. This second edition of Maternal and Infant Nutrition & Nurture discusses contemporary challenges and debates related to the short and longer-term effects of maternal and infant nutrition, and of the nature of the relationship between mother and infant as a consequence of nutritive and nurturing behaviour. Each chapter provides a critical and controversial perspective on topics such as feeding the preterm and term infant, infant feeding in the context of HIV, the role of antioxidants in optimal maternal and infant nutrition, issues relating to adolescent nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding and the latest research on baby-led weaning.

Scope and contents

The scope of this book includes pre-conception, antenatal and postnatal maternal nutrition and fetal, neonatal, infant, child and adolescent nutrition and their effects throughout life. Topics covered include: the importance of antioxidant and fatty acid nutrition on maternal and infant health; breastfeeding support; infant weighing; the role of nutrition in both healthy and vulnerable groups, such as preterm infants, adolescent mothers and in the context of HIV; and the introduction of complementary foods through baby-led weaning. The diversity within this book reflects the vast pool of expertise involved in compiling this edition. The contributors to this book represent the disciplines of nutrition and dietetics, breastfeeding peer support, health visiting, midwifery, nursing and linguistics.

About the editor

Dr Victoria Hall Moran is Reader in Maternal & Child Nutrition in the School of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston


Maternal nutrition, preconception nutrition, breastfeeding, Infant nutrition, nurture, breastfeeding and HIV, baby-led weaning, complementary feeding, preterm infant nutrition, adolescent nutrition


The target audience for this book are those who have an interest in public health and the nutrition of mothers and their infants, including midwives, health visitors, nutritionists, dieticians, neonatal nurses, general practitioners, breastfeeding supporters, academics and students.

ISBN: 9781856424356