Maternal and Infant Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days

To support a woman during the "first 1,000 days," namely from conception to 2 years postpartum, it is important to be able to describe to her the diet, physical activity, and infant feeding practices that will best support her health and well-being and that of her infant. It is also important to understand the scientific rationale behind recommended practices and how a woman might best work toward meeting those recommendations. This course, developed by the faculty from Cornell University's Division of Nutritional Sciences, will prepare professionals to speak knowledgeably and with confidence to women and answer questions.

The course is presented in 5 modules:

1) The First 1,000 days

2) Diet and Physical Activity during Pregnancy

3) Diet and Physical Activity during Lactation

4) Human Milk Production and Feeding

5) Providing Solid Foods

Each module contains an introduction followed by two sections of content. Each section is followed by a graded quiz. Four of the modules conclude with a case scenario so learners can test their ability to apply the information provided in that module. 

10.0 contact hours will be awarded for 2 years post accreditation approval after successful completion of the course. Criteria for successful completion is a grade of 100% on all graded quizzes throughout the course and completion of the post-course evaluation. You may take the graded quizzes as many times as necessary to obtain the 100%. You will have 4 months from the date enrolled to complete the course.


Target Audience:

Registered dietitian nutritionists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, certified midwives, certified nurse-midwives, lactation consultants (IBCLC and CLC), and other health professionals who counsel pregnant and lactating women.


Accrediting Associations: 

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR): This self-study activity is approved for 10.0 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) by Cornell NutritionWorks, a CPE accredited provider (No. 2864) by the CDR of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) / American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC): This continuing nursing education activity is approved for 10.0 contact hours of continuing education by the PSNA, an accredited approver by the ANCC's Commission on Accreditation. PSNA/ANCC Approval Date: 11/10/2017, PSNA/ANCC Expiration Date: 11/9/2019. (Currently Not Available)

America Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP): This activity is approved for 10.0 contact hours of continuing education by the AANP. Activity ID 17102887. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies. AANP Approval Date: 11/1/2017, AANP Expiration Date 10/31/2019. (Currently Not Available)

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM): This activity is approved for 10.0 contact hours of continuing education by the ACNM. Activity ID 2018/013. ACNM Approval Date: 2/5/2018, ACNM Expiration Date 2/5/2020.

If you need a certificate for continuing education from more than one of the above organizations, please contact the Help Desk at


Steps to enroll:

1) Below, select your professional affiliation. 

2) Next, select 'Add to Cart' and then 'Checkout.'

3) Then Log In or Create a new user Account.

4) Complete the required fields marked with an asterisk (*) to create and save your user account profile, and complete your transaction. 

5) You will receive confirmation emails for your transaction that will provide you with details about how to log in to begin your course.

     Registered Dietitian Nutritionists - click here

     Certified Midwives/Nurse-Midwives - click here

     All Others - click here


Disclosures: None of the faculty authors has any conflict of interest to disclose. This continuing education activity was supported by an educational grant from Danone Early Life Nutrition.


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