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Infant Feeding Part 1: Breastfeeding course for Allied Health

Speciality Classification
Occupational Therapists
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare

This session aims to provide you with the necessary information to help you enable women to initiate and continue breastfeeding for as long they choose to.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • List the main health outcomes related to breastfeeding/breastmilk feeding vs. formula feeding for mothers and infants
  • Outline current recommendations for infant feeding, including vitamin supplementation
  • Explain the physiology of breastfeeding and how to support mothers in establishing breastfeeding

This session will give you the information you need to enable women to initiate and continue breastfeeding for as long they choose to.

Instructors / Speakers
Mary Renfrew,
Professor of Mother and Infant Health in the University of York,
Qualifications: PhD, BSc, RM, RGN, DN

Mary qualified as a nurse in 1977 (University of Edinburgh), and as a midwife (Edinburgh) in 1978. She was awarded a PhD in 1982, having spent several years with the MRC Reproductive Biology Unit, conducting clinical research in breastfeeding.

Mary worked as a midwife in Oxford and spent several years teaching in Alberta, Canada before taking up post as Director of the Midwifery Research Initiative at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in Oxford (1988).

She was appointed as Professor of Midwifery Studies in the University of Leeds (1994), before taking up her current post as Professor of Mother and Infant Health in the University of York (2004).

She established and currently directs the multidisciplinary Mother and Infant Research Unit, where she leads a programme of work on maternal and infant nutrition, including research and evidence-based policy and practice.

Mary has conducted research and systematic reviews on infant feeding for NICE, the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme, the Cochrane Collaboration, and the Department of Health.

Alison McFadden,
Research Fellow,
Qualifications: PhD, MA, RM, ADM, Cert Ed (Adults)

Following qualification as a midwife in Bristol in 1981, Alison experienced all aspects of clinical midwifery working in Bristol and Middlesbrough in the UK.

She spent three years working as a volunteer in Malawi, Central Africa, in the role of midwife-in-charge and midwifery tutor at a small rural mission hospital. Alison qualified as a midwife teacher at the University of Nottingham and was a midwifery lecturer at the University of Teesside until 2006.

Alison gained an MA in Applied Educational Studies at the University of York in 1993. In 2005 she was seconded to the Mother and Infant Research Unit at the University of York. In 2006, she was awarded a National Institute of Health Research Doctoral Fellowhship. Her doctoral research explored the breastfeeding experiences and support needs of women of Bangladeshi origin living in the UK.

Alison is currently employed as a research fellow at the Mother and Infant Research Unit.

Infant Feeding Part 1: Breastfeeding course for Allied Health
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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