There remains many barriers and much confusion around infant formula - how much, is it needed, and most commonly, which brand is best? This topical presentation will uncover the medical indications for formula feeding, barriers to exclusive breastfeeding, and the safe preparation of the mixture. As a midwife, what practical advice and information can you gain from this session to help you better inform mothers of the facts surrounding infant formula feeding?
Heather Harris first qualified as a midwife in 1970 and has worked in all areas of midwifery practice over the intervening years. She has served on a number of professional committees over the years, including ACMI (Vic) and ALCA (now LCANZ). She was involved in the successful BFHI accreditation for Mitcham Private Hospital, the RWH, and Box Hill hospital. She is a breastfeeding specialist who first qualified as an IBCLC in 1991. She has also been involved in the education of health professionals, presenting in all States of Australia, as well as in the US and Hong Kong. Since 2001, Heather has served as a midwife with Doctors Without Borders in the Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. She currently has her own private practice in lactation consultancy.