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Infant and child nutrition and feeding

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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



Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

PG Single Unit of Study






Tier 1

Prescribed text:

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: Sue Mapletoft MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

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

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not 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) Describe the anatomy of the breast, infant oral anatomy and physiology of lactation and apply this knowledge to the care of the breastfeeding mother and infant

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2



Theme 2: Issues relating to the introduction to breast milk substitutes and infant foods

b) Examine the biochemical and immunological properties of breast milk and apply this knowledge to practice

Assessment 2 Guided case analysis (3500 words)



Theme 3: Dietary and nutritional issues in early childhood

c) Discuss the ethics and benefits of breastfeeding and the influences of culture and society on breastfeeding, nutrition and health

Assessment 3 Short essays (1500 words)




d) Critically analyse and interpret the findings of a feeding assessment to develop a management plan in partnership with the mother and family





e) Identify and discuss maternal and infant issues affecting breast feeding, infant nutrition and feeding





f) Critically examine evidence-based literature relating to infant and child nutrition and feeding and apply knowledge to assessment, planning and individualised care





g) Critically evaluate the nutritional requirements of infants and children and formulate strategies that will promote healthy feeding choices for the child and family





h) Support families in the initiation, maintenance and ongoing management of breastfeeding and assist parents with the introduction of foods other than breast milk by appraising types of infant formula, foods and other fluids.




Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.