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This unit of study aims to develop student’s knowledge and skills in all aspects of infant and child nutrition and feeding, and develop nurses who can work in partnership with the family to promote and maintain breastfeeding and advise on the ongoing nutritional requirements of infants and young children.

The unit of study explores breastfeeding and lactation, formula feeding, solids and other aspects of infant and child nutrition and investigates international, national and state policies and best practice recommendations relating to infant and child nutrition. Students will build on undergraduate knowledge of breast anatomy and lactation physiology and apply this to the facilitation of the breastfeeding woman and her family. Students will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of the social and cultural complexities of the breastfeeding process to provide insight into the underlying attitudes and values likely to influence Infant feeding and nutritional outcomes.

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 and is suitable for ENs
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Walker, M 2017, Breastfeeding management for the clinician: Using the evidence, 4th edn, Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, Massachusetts.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2013, Eat for health, infant feeding guidelines: Information for health workers, Australian Government, Canberra.

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: Breastfeeding and lactation a) apply 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 discussions x2 10% 2, 8
Theme 2: Issues relating to the introduction to breast milk substitutes and infant foods b) reflect on the ethics and benefits of breastfeeding and the influences of culture and society on breastfeeding and nutrition Assessment 2: Guided case analysis (3,500 words) 60% 6
Theme 3: Dietary and nutritional issues in early childhood c) appraise networks, services, guidelines and resources that support the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding Assessment 3: Short essays (1,500 words) 30% 10
d) analyse evidence-based literature and best practice guidelines relating to breastfeeding and nutrition to inform clinical practice

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.