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.
UseUse your understanding of feeding development to educate mothers in order to ensure appropriate development is occurring
IdentifyIdentify common problems with feeding to implement early interventions to improve nutritional intake of the infant
UseUse knowledge of effective assessment techniques to assess a feed to ensure improved outcomes for both mother and infant
LinkLink management strategies with best practice to formulate a management plan to minimise the risk of poor feeding practices developing
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.
- Establishment of infant feeding
- Common problems with feeding
- Assessing a feed
- Development of a management plan
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.