Published: May 2013
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.