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Alice Callahan, PhD

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Perinatal 2018
  • Country: USA

Alice Callahan completed her PhD in Nutritional Biology at UC Davis in 2008, followed by a postdoc in fetal physiology at the University of Arizona. She left the academic track in 2011 to pursue a dual career in college teaching and science writing. Her book, The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, about the science of raising a baby, was published in 2015 by Johns Hopkins University Press and was named one of the best science books of the year by Science News. As a freelance writer, Callahan covers health and nutrition topics – often focusing on pregnancy, infancy, and childhood – for many publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Lifehacker. She and her family live in Eugene, Oregon, where she also teaches nutrition and physiology at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College.

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The Science of Infant Feeding: New Research on Gut Development, Microbiome, and Risk of Allergy
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.
Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 15.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Infant, The Newborn Microbiome