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Infant Feeding Guidelines for Health Workers submission

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I would just like to raise a couple of points with regards to the draft release of the Infant Feeding Guidelines.


  • Good information on use of feeding cup for infants older the 6 months on page 122



  • Consistency in what foods pose the greatest risk of choking and more information about what foods are at greater risk to cause choking. Unfortunately there are a number of parents whose children remain on soft foods with limited texture as are overly concerned about choking risk.  Clearer information included on this would be beneficial .  For example with in the IFGHW:-
    • Page 130 Foods with a high risk of choking should be avoided for the first three years, e.g. whole peanuts, raw carrot and apple pieces.
    • Pages 131 – Small, hard pieces of food, such as nuts and seeds, should be avoided because they can be inhaled and cause choking.


  • Personally I would like the list on page 147 point 6 to be explained from no gifts or samples to be extended to sponsorship of professional education events by paying for morning teas or meals at such events for infant feeding companies included.


  • Page 69 on feeding patterns – instead of “some mothers expect their infant to feed on a regular four-hourly pattern…”  - changed to “Breastmilk is easily digestible and empties out of the stomach about 90 minutes from a feed. Therefore it is not uncommon, particularly in the early weeks, for infants to feed frequently until the breastmilk supply becomes established.


  • Page 98 - I am surprised that there isn’t a more recent reference regarding storing BM – Barger J Bull P 1987.

Page reviewed: 14 December, 2012