Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Fascinating Look at the Effects of Nutrition on Baby’s Development

Mom Central recently contacted me about an extraordinary website that employs amazing 3-D visuals to explain the principles of infant nutrition. The site is called InfantNutritionCenter.com, and as soon as you go to the site, you start seeing a video with stunning views of infant birth, the inside of the body, and more. It really emphasizes how important good nutrition is in a baby’s first year of life to ensure proper development of the eyes, brain, bones and immune system.

Did you know that half of the calories that a baby receives come from fat? Or that a baby’s birth weight can triple by the end of the first year? Babies will also grow in length by up to fifty percent. Seventy percent of babies are breastfed at birth, but 90% will also receive formula during the first year of life. That’s why it’s so important that parents know about the nutritional needs of their babies, whether the baby is breastfed, bottle-fed or both.

The website is sponsored by Mead Johnson Nutrition, the maker of Enfamil infant formula. However, I did not get the feeling that it was a plug for their products. The site is very educational and part of a larger library of 3-D visuals of the human body called The Visual MD, developed by Anatomical Travelogue, LLC.

My husband is a very visual person, and he was fascinated by the 3-D images on InfantNutritionCenter.com. He found them to be so much more useful in understanding what goes on in the human body than a simple drawing or text.

If you’re an expectant or new parent, interested in nutrition or just amazed by the human body, I encourage you to visit www.InfantNutritionCenter.com. (You can also access a webcast of the unveiling of the site at http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=62458.) You’ll be amazed by the complexity of your baby’s little body and how much of a role you play in ensuring its proper development.

DISCLOSURE: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Mead Johnson. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.


  1. Bottle-feeding formula is promoted throughout this entire video: lots of visuals of formula while the narrator is talking about human milk create dissonance. The big "Enfamil" ad along the side is another promotion.

    What is sad is the bottle-feeding style, where the baby is facing away from the mother. Where does a baby get the necessary human contact for growth and development?

  2. Nikki, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I agree with you that "breast is best" whenever possible. And I do see several examples of breast-feeding in the video, as well as a clear statement that breast-feeding is preferable. Also, some of the bottle-feeding you see may contain breast milk, rather than formula. A mother is seen pumping breast milk in the video. If the statistic is true that 90% of babies, even those that are breast fed, receive some formula, it's not surprising that Enfamil would like to encourage you to use their brand. Like any information that parents receive, the source should be considered, and the information should be compared with other sources. I also agree with you that bottle-feeding is best done close to the body, like breast feeding, to facilitate bonding.


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