Feeding Babies

1h 30m of CPD
Michele Meehan
19 Aug 2018

This Course will address four aspects of feeding success in babies under 6 months old and look at how successful infant feeding is not just dependent on how much the baby drinks, but also how the feeding relationship and environment contribute to success or struggle.


Use your understanding of feeding development to educate mothers in order to ensure appropriate development is occurring


Identify common problems with feeding to implement early interventions to improve nutritional intake of the infant


Use knowledge of effective assessment techniques to assess a feed to ensure improved outcomes for both mother and infant


Link management strategies with best practice to formulate a management plan to minimise the risk of poor feeding practices developing


Michele Meehan

Michele Meehan is a Maternal and Child Health Nurse currently working in her private practice, 'Parenting Matters', and lecturing on child health topics. Prior to this, she worked for 30years at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, as a Clinical Nurse Consultant. Michele holds a Master’s Degree in Health Science - Parent and Infant Mental Health, and wrote her minor thesis on the topic of 'Infant food refusal'. Her qualifications also include midwifery, community health nursing, health education and counselling and psychotherapy.


Kristie yaxley27 Sep 2018
A helpful resource to broaden my knowledge on the struggles of feeding.

Michelle brain07 Sep 2018
I really enjoyed the presentation and it reinforced most information I had

Andrea Stephens07 Sep 2018
Thought provoking and easy to understand

Ashley Grant04 Sep 2018
Easy to follow and insightful

Linda Walden26 Aug 2018
This session gives a different view of feeding difficulties that I have not considered previously. I enjoyed this immensely.

Michelle McKay24 Aug 2018
I found this to be a succinct learning activity with excellent use of real life examples which heightened the engagement with the material being presented.

Pamela Boyd24 Aug 2018
Excellent, good overview but need to understand more re allergies.

Maureen Huggins12 Jun 2018
Informative and enjoyable presentation

Vanessa mee31 May 2018
Good overview and discussion on feeding issues

Avelina Go Chow31 May 2018
Great education and important topics to learn for all.

Penny Stanley31 May 2018
Good resource. very knowledgeable educator . thankyou

Rebecca Adey28 May 2018
This was useful and informative.

clare mifsud27 May 2018
Very relevant information

Katherine Hepworth26 May 2018

Amelia Hugo26 May 2018
Great information

yan zhang25 May 2018
very excellent video

Emma crawford24 May 2018
good resource to refresh on the topic

Sallianne Reed23 May 2018
Good tutorials

Sarah Peacock08 May 2018
Great lecture, thankyou.

Helen Wuttke07 May 2018
Good resource

Judy Applegarth06 May 2018
Well explained

Pooja Saini02 May 2018

Alysha Hack25 Apr 2018
Great info, easy to listen to

Amanpreet Kaur25 Apr 2018
great video

Melinda Sydenham22 Apr 2018

Katrina Johnson20 Apr 2018
Very detailed presentation. I found the management plan most useful.

Breeanna Harris25 Mar 2018
An engaging and informative presentation.

suzanne roslyn mason22 Dec 2017
the educator was good

Sue Bullen04 Dec 2017
This resource validated current knowledge and further supported current practice.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Establishment of infant feeding
  • Common problems with feeding
  • Assessing a feed
  • Development of a management plan

Target audience

Midwives and nurses working with young babies, including those working in paediatric or neonatal settings, as well as maternal and child health nurses.


Gain a better understanding of the broad range of factors affecting successful feeding, consequently ensuring confidence in assessing infant feeding and being able to advise parents what approach will be most effective.


Exclusive breastfeeding is the globally accepted gold standard for feeding infants up until at least 6 months of age, with Australian government dietary guidelines confirming that this “provides babies with the best start in life and is a key a contributor to infant health.” However, there are some instances in which a mother cannot breastfeed her infant, and Australian guidelines were updated in 2012 to reflect these developments in infant feeding in the Australian context. It is important that parents are informed and educated in relation to the choice to bottle-feed their infant. Alarmingly, statistics showed that of the 96% of breastfed babies in 2010 in Australia, only 39% were exclusively breastfed until 4 months of age, and only 15% breastfed until the recommended 6 months of age. Whilst breastfeeding education is available in many formats, a broader education for the parents of this large number of infants being bottle-fed is imperative. Feeding is a parenting task that can take up to approximately 40% of the day in the early months of the infant’s life, and parents who struggle with worries about their baby feeding need to receive help before the problems become entrenched.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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