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Infant feeding and healthy growth conversations

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
1 hr

Excessive and rapid weight gain in infancy is associated with higher risk of overweight and obesity in childhood. By 2 – 3 years of age, 20% of children in Australia are above a healthy weight, making early childhood a critical intervention period.
General Practitioners have an important role to play in supporting parents with evidence based feeding practices to establish the foundations for healthy infant growth and development.
This webinar will draw on best practice evidence to guide GPs on key topics including exclusive breastfeeding, formula feeding and introduction of solids.
GPs will be taken through how to correctly assess an infant’s growth and start a sensitive conversation with parents about infant weight gain.

Relevance to General Practice

By 2 – 3 years of age, 20% of children in Australia are above a healthy weight, making early childhood a critical intervention period. Rapid weight gain in infancy is associated with a higher risk of overweight and obesity in childhood and adulthood. General practitioners provide important primary care services to children and their families and are in a key position to provide information and coordinate management for children and parents who are above a healthy weight.
Parents are seeking information and support with infant feeding behaviours including breast feeding, formula feeding and introduction of solids.

Learning outcomes
  • Be aware of infant feeding behaviours associated with rapid weight gain and childhood obesity in infancy
  • Assess growth in 0-2 year olds and identify rapid weight gain using weight-for-length charts
  • Be aware of current guidelines and recommendations for infant feeding
  • Provide advice to parents about best practice formula feeding including how to feed, the difference between formulas and what to look for when choosing a formula
  • Discuss infant growth with families and utilise available resources to provide advice to families about infant feeding.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Continuity of care promotes quality and safety

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Children and young people health
    Partnering organisations

    NSW Ministry of Health

     

    Delivery
    Title
    Infant feeding and healthy growth conversations
    Location
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    1 hr
    Start Date
    19-Feb-2020
    CPD Points
    2 cpd
    Price
    Free
    Location
    Online
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