Date of Award


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Departmental Honors


Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences


Ideas regarding infant feeding practices have changed drastically over the past 100 years. Research discovered the composition of human milk, followed by the invention of human milk substitute (HMS). These discoveries lead to many changes in the way people feed infants. The macro and micronutrient needs of infants have been determined, and are used to develop ideal feeding practices for infants. There are many choices available for feeding infants including human milk, HMS, and solid foods. There are many guidelines available that provided suggestions on what to feed an infant, and at what age. Assessing the adequacy on infant feeding is important for the growth and development of an infant. There are some controversial issues regarding the consumption of cow's milk prior to age one, and juice consumption which need consideration. There are also special concerns for infants such as premature infants and those experiencing failure-to-thrive which differ from recommendations given for the general infant population.



Faculty Mentor

Janet Anderson

Departmental Honors Advisor

Noreen Schvaneveldt