Maternal Infant Young Child Nutrition

By Prof. Rupal Dalal   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 4214
Free Maternal, Infant Young Child Nutrition Course

This course is available for free on Swayam portal starting from 24th January for 3 months and involves 2.5 hours of online sessions per week for 12 weeks.

Why take this course: Speech by "Prof. Parag Bhargava, Dept. of Metallurgy, IIT B. "  

Participants will get a certificate on Maternal, Infant Young Child Nutrition, if they clear exams and pay 1,000 Rs. Presently, in English but one very important session on BF techniques will also be available in Hindi as part of the live recording in the studio this semester. So far, 2,000 people have registered.

Kindly share the given link to everyone who you think would be benefitted from this learnings. Actually, anyone can benefit from this.

In this predominantly skill based course, basic concepts of nutrition science, maternal nutrition, techniques of breastfeeding, newborn care, complementary feedings, anthropometric assessment are covered. This course will encompass holistic care of pregnant and lactating mothers as well as young children.

Malnutrition is a burning issue in India where 36% children are stunted while 34% children are underweight as per NFHS4 data. This undernutrition is pervasive in all strata of society including the richest wealth quintile. Besides undernutrition, we also have an issue of obesity and poor metabolic health in not only adults but also in children as young as 5 years old as per CNNS data. To tackle this malnutrition problem, an intervention in 1st 1,000 days is very crucial. 1st 1,000 days extends from conception till 2nd birthday where maximum physical and brain development occurs in the child. Growth during this period is critical for future height and cognition. Considering the importance of these 1,000 days, this course is designed to provide a multi-faceted approach to effectively tackle the first 1,000 days for children’s optimum growth. In this predominantly skill based course, basic concepts of nutrition science, maternal nutrition, techniques of breastfeeding, newborn care, complementary feedings, anthropometric assessment are covered. This course will encompass holistic care of pregnant and lactating mothers as well as young children. 

Refer to the 45 points through this link in different languages:

INTENDED-AUDIENCE: Students, professionals of developmental institutions, IITs, IAS officers who are passionate about improving IYCF and nutrition indicators in their districts, other Govt personnel from Dept of Health, WCD dept, Ministry of education, tribal welfare dept, IRMA, Researchers working in various sectors including food science, health and nutrition professionals, frontline workers, families intending to have families, families of young children, pregnant mothers and their family members

INDUSTRY-SUPPORT: Start ups in Maternal & Child Health and nutrition, organisations working on malnutrition, various NGOs teams, frontline health care workers
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Maternal Infant Young Child Nutrition - Introduction
Week 2: Science of nutrition
Week 3: Types of malnutrition and hidden hunger
Week 4: Importance of first 1,000 days
Week 5: Science of Breastfeeding
Week 6: Cross cradle hold and 45 points of breastfeeding counseling.
Week 7: Other breastfeeding holds
Week 8: Manual expression, storage and feeding of the expressed breastmilk.
       Nipple/Breast conditions
Week 9: Newborn care and Kangaroo mother care
Week 10: Complementary feeding
Week 11: Maternal Nutrition



        -lactating mothers

Adolescent Nutrition

Week 12: Assessment of anthropometric measurement and growth charts - Percentile & Z Score

Instructor bio

Prof. Rupal Dalal

IIT Bombay
Dr. Rupal Dalal (MD, FAAP, IBCLC) is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at the Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT Bombay. She is also the Founding Medical Director of the Foundation for Mother and Child Health (FMCH) and Project Leader at Health Spoken Tutorial at the India Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay. She has 14 years of experience working in urban slums and rural and tribal areas of India to prevent malnutrition.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1,000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams:  23 April 2022  Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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