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Cover image for lecture: Formula Feeding - Indications and Safe Preparation

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 for Doctors Without Borders in the Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Nepal. She currently has her own private practice in lactation consultancy. See Educator Profile


42 Total Rating(s)
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Sandra Brimelow
23 Jun 2019

A great reminder that we need to support new parents in the early days of their infants birth to ensure breastfeeding success. However, if parents choose to artificially feed their infant, they also need to be supported to be doing this is the safest way.

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Anne Kinghorn
30 May 2019

Great lecture. Really informative.

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Nicole jerome
25 May 2019

the information provided by this lecturer was very informative she provides examples from her own working experiences.

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Barbara Clare Affleck
24 May 2019

great presenter, wasy to listen too

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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.