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Infant and Child Nutrition and Feeding
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This unit aims to advance students’ knowledge and skills in infant and child feeding and nutrition and develop nurses who can support the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding.

The unit explores breastfeeding and lactation, formula feeding, starting solids, and all other aspects of infant and child nutrition. It investigates international, national, and state policies and best practice recommendations for infant and child nutrition and feeding.
Students will build on an undergraduate knowledge of breast anatomy and lactation physiology and apply this to the facilitation of the breastfeeding woman and her family.

The unit will assist students in developing a deeper understanding of the social and cultural complexities of breastfeeding and nutrition and provide insight into the underlying attitudes and values likely to influence feeding and dietary outcomes for the infant, child, and family.

Infant and Child Nutrition and Feeding
Unit of study code 201
Availability Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite This unit has no pre-requisites
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Trish Lowe MACN
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Establishing lactation a) apply advanced knowledge of the anatomy of the breast, infant oral anatomy, and the physiology of lactation to the care of the breastfeeding woman and her family Assessment 1: Online discussion 5% 2
Theme 2: Maintaining lactation b) critically reflect the ethics and benefits of breastfeeding and the influences of culture and society on breastfeeding and nutrition Assessment 2: Essay 35% 6
Theme 3: Breastmilk substitutes and infant foods c) appraise networks, services, guidelines, and resources that support the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding Assessment 3: Referenced poster and abstract 20% 8
Theme 4: Dietary and nutritional issues in early childhood d) critique the evidence-based literature and best practice guidelines for breastfeeding and nutrition to inform clinical practice Assessment 4: Reflective essay 40% 10

e) evaluate a range of infant formula and toddler foods to support parents with the introduction of foods other than breast milk

f) assess the nutritional requirements of infants and children to formulate strategies that promote healthy dietary choices for the whole family

Infant and Child Nutrition and Feeding (201) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.