Welcome to the 2018/19 edition of The Guide to Infant Feeding – the independent, comprehensive and essential training guide for community practitioner and health visitor teams.
Having a new baby in the home is both a joy and a challenge. Parents are given so much advice about caring for their baby that they can actually become confused or simply miss things that are said. Infant feeding can be a particularly confusing area about which parents often have questions, and sometimes they can feel uncomfortable asking what they perceive to be a minor query or something which they don’t feel is worth making a GP appointment for. This is where community practitioners and health visitors can help. There is a great opportunity in the community to answer these questions, allay concerns and deal with uncertainties. When you see a parent with a baby, take the time to get to know them and let them know you are there to help. Build a good relationship and you will gain their trust, as well as having the satisfaction of being able to help someone through one of the most important periods of their life.
This guide is designed to give community practitioner and health visitor teams information on all aspects of infant feeding from breastfeeding to fussy eaters and everything in between. It also focuses on the importance of understanding parents’ needs and how to advise them appropriately, confidently and sensitively. We hope you find this training and reference guide useful when helping parents in your community.