In this module, you will learn about the formative research used to develop the Baby Behavior curriculum and how using a positive educational approach can support caregivers to make informed and confident decisions about infant feeding.

This module also includes the overall objectives for the training. By the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the connection between caregiver interpretation of infant behavior and feeding
  • Differentiate among the range of infant states, cues, and types of sleep
  • List ways to support caregivers to more accurately identify reasons for infant crying and waking
  • Recognize signs and risk factors for atypical infant behavior


  • Click on each of the 2 links to complete the steps below.
  • Be sure to complete each step before moving on to the next link.

Step 1. Click on the video below (Part One- Introduction and Research) to begin:

Step 2: Click on the link below to complete a short self-assessment on your ability to apply the knowledge and skills learned in this module. When you are finished, click on the link at the bottom of this page to go on to module 2.

Relevant Resources 

Sarah A Redsell, Vicki Slater, Jennie Rose, Ellinor K Olander, Karen Matvienko-Sikar. Barriers and enablers to caregivers’ responsive feeding behaviour: A systematic review to inform childhood obesity prevention. Obes Rev. 2021 Jul;22(7):e13228.

DaMota K, Bañuelos J, Goldbronn J, Vera-Beccera LE, Heinig MJ. Maternal request for in-hospital supplementation of healthy breastfed infants among low-income women. J Hum Lact. 2012 Nov;28(4):476-82.

Barnard KE.  Keys to Developing Early Parent-Child Relationships. In: Barry M Lester and Joshua D. Sparrow, eds. Nurturing Children and Families. Building on the Legacy of T Berry Brazelton.  Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2010: 53-63.

Glanz K, Schwartz MD. Stress Coping, and Health Behavior. In: Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (4th edition). Glanz K, Rimer BK, Viswanath K, eds. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons; 2008: 211-230.

Heinig MJ, Follett JR, Ishii KD, Kavanagh-Prochaska K, Cohen R, Panchula J. Barriers to compliance with infant-feeding recommendations among low-income women. J Hum Lact. 2006 Feb;22(1):27-38.

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