Nutrition in the Newborn

  • Stephanie Tong-Miller
  • Henry H. BernsteinEmail author


This chapter offers healthcare providers an overview of how best to promote newborn nutrition. Parents should be making informed decisions on how to provide nutrition for their newborn to promote optimal growth, development, and good health. This chapter will cover the benefits of breastfeeding and discuss the clinician’s role in supporting exclusive breastfeeding. Through a case-study approach, providers will learn to recognize and address common issues that mothers may face when they choose to breastfeed. This chapter will also discuss formula as alternative source of feeding. Newborn nutrition is closely tied to subsequent infant and maternal health, and guidance from the healthcare provider can help to establish healthy feeding patterns in the earliest stages of life.


Nutrition Breastfeeding Formula Lactation Growth Latch Breast milk 



The comprehensive literature reviews and detailed editorial assistance of research assistants Victoria Chi, Shannon Cleary, Angie Lee, Irene Song, Yingna Wang, Yun Chao Chen and Maggie Sherin at Cohen Children’s Medical Center are greatly appreciated.


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Additional Resources for Provider Education

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  2. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Clinical Protocols:
  3. Videos from the International Breastfeeding Centre:

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.General Pediatrics, Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/NorthwellNew Hyde ParkUSA

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