Proper nutrition plays a critical role in the growth and development of an infant. Infant nutrition includes all the necessary calories, vitamins and minerals, which strengthens the immune system and enhances social and cognitive ability. The first year of life is a period of rapid growth, both physically and mentally; therefore, it is important that an infant is provided with appropriate and adequate nutrition. 

     For first time parents, the needs and care of an infant can be overwhelming. It is important for mothers and fathers to learn about the different types of feeding techniques and the advantages and disadvantages of both. With this information, parents are able to make smarter decisions that will help their child develop appropriately during the first year of his or her life.