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NHMRC

Infant Feeding Guidelines for Health Workers

Summary information

Publishing date: 
1996
Status: 
Rescinded
Reference number: 
N20
Available in print: 
No - PDF only
Further information: 
nhmrc.publications@nhmrc.gov.au

Developed by the Infant Nutrition Panel of the NHMRC's Environmental Health and Nutrition Standing Committee, the document clarifies the responsibilities of health workers in relation to implementing the World Health Organisation's International Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (The Who Code) in Australia.

Synopsis

In order to help health workers provide consistent information on breastfeeding and infant feeding to new mothers, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a reference document called Infant Feeding Guidelines for Health Workers.

Developed by the Infant Nutrition Panel of the NHMRC's Environmental Health and Nutrition Standing Committee, the document clarifies the responsibilities of health workers in relation to implementing the World Health Organisation's International Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (The Who Code) in Australia.

The document has three main sections:

  • Encouraging and Supporting Breastfeeding in the Australian Community, this includes information on the initiation and establishment of breastfeeding, common difficulties and how to resolve them, expressing and storing breastmilk and breastfeeding in specific situations;
  • Guidelines for safe bottle feeding, health workers must be confident in their ability to advise women on the safe preparation and use of infant formula. This section highlights issues such as the choice of appropriate infant formula, sterilisation options, and safe techniques to use when preparing, mixing and storing infant formula;
  • The WHO Code, this section outlines the Code and explains health workers' responsibilities in relation to how the Code has been implemented in Australia.

The appendices also contain sample forms for photocopying and a reading list of helpful literature.

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