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Lecture Overview

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?


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Heather Harris

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.




29 Total Rating(s)

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Sarah hopkins
21 May 2019

This lecture was so interesting. It made me reflect on my practice regarding informing parents about formula use. The discussion about breast feeding guidelines was informative. The discussion about formula powder was helpful to my better understanding generally. The whole lecture has made me more thoughtful about the use of formula, and I now see this as a very important area of infant wellbeing.

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Jacquie Macneill
13 May 2019

great lecture

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Carolyn Watson
12 May 2019

Interesting Resource

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Branka Barac
08 May 2019

Informative and educational.

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Loris Muir
08 May 2019

Very good

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Jennifer OHara
04 May 2019

A very interesting presentation.

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Jane Crowther
02 May 2019

Very interesting presentation

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Kelly Williams
30 Apr 2019

Very informative video

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Rui Shi
22 Apr 2019


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Margaret Campbell
12 Mar 2019

Found information easy to understand and well presented