Maternal Infant Young Child Nutrition

By Prof. Rupal Dalal   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 627
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 1000 days is very crucial. 1st 1000 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 1000 days, this course is designed to provide a multi-faceted approach to effectively tackle the first 1000 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. 


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 : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Science of Nutrition: Type 1 &Type 2 Nutrients.
Week 2: Types of Malnutrition, Hidden Hunger, Nutrition Profile of India.
Week 3: Importance of 1st 1000 days, Essential Nutrition Action, Introduction to IYCF.
Week 4: Science of Breastfeeding: Anatomy, Physiology of Breast, Importance of Breastfeeding, Breast Crawl, Colostrum.
Week 5: Positioning & Latching for correct breastfeeding, Breast & nipple conditions.
Week 6: Art of counseling mothers: Different real-life case scenario and Breastfeeding counseling.
Week 7: Breast Feeding History & assessment; Ways to increase Breastmilk supply.
Week 8: Newborn Care & Kangaroo Care, minor illness, Hygiene.
Week 9: Complementary Feedings: Guideline for Complementary Feeding and its importance.
Week 10: Nutrient-dense recipes for children.
Week 11: Maternal nutrition: Nutrition during pregnancy and pre-pregnancy.
Week 12: Lactating mother's nutrition; Assessment of Anthropometric Measurements through WHO Growth Charts.

Books and references

WHO Growth Charts

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 1000/- (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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