Supporting Infant and Young Child Feeding in the First 2000 Days

Event Name
Supporting Infant and Young Child Feeding in the First 2000 Days
11 August 2020
02:00 pm - 03:45 pm

Address (Room): Zoom details to be provided once you RSVP your attendance through Eventbrite.


The Health & Well-being Research Theme, & the Mother, Infant and Family Health Research Network in the School of Nursing and Midwifery & the Centre for Transforming Early Education and Health (TeEACH) Western Sydney University invite you to a research webinar to the quality of an infant and young child’s diet is critical for growth and development.

The World Health Organization (WHO, 2011) recommends all mothers exclusively breastfeed their infant for the child's first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, they should be given nutritious complementary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond.

But around the world, one in three children are not growing well (UNICEF, 2019) A majority of these children live in low- and middle-income countries, however, many live in high income countries, including Australia. Almost one in two children worldwide receive breastmilk substitutes in the first six months either instead of breastmilk or in addition to breastmilk. Furthermore 21% of babies in high-income countries are never breastfed compared with 4% in low and middle income countries (UNICEF, 2018).

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A zoom link will be sent to registrants the day prior to the event.

In this webinar we will offer a snap shot of current research at Western Sydney University.

  • 2.00-2.10 Acknowledgement of Country & Introduction to infant and young child nutrition and food research at Western - Professor Virginia Schmied
  • 2.10-2.15 Feeding in emergencies – COVID-19 but don’t forget the bushfires - Dr Karleen Gribble
  • 2.15-2.20 Breastfeeding after return to work: A National Survey - Dr Elaine Burns
  • 2.20-2.25 ‘Its okay to breastfeed but….’ - Associate Professor Athena Sheehan
  • 2.25-2.30 Fathers and breastfeeding – strategies to improve to support - Dr Kingsley Agho
  • 2.30-2.35 ‘Let yourself off the hook’– Mothers’ day letters and breastfeeding - Prof Virginia Schmied
  • 2.35-2.40 Tongue-Tie and women’s infant feeding experience - Louise Duursma
  • 2.40-2.45 ‘Premature Infants’ Readiness to feed’- Dr Kaye Spence & Dr Jann Foster
  • 2.45-2.50 How to promote brilliant care for children with complex feeding difficulties - Associate Professor Ann Dadich
  • 2.50-2.55 Infant feeding in the out-of-home care context - Dr Stacy Blythe
  • 2.55-3.00 The three C’s of infant feeding commercial squeeze pouches: cost, claims and consumption - Dr Catharine Fleming
  • 3.00-3.05 Trajectories of discretionary foods in infancy and early childhood - Dr Narendar Manohar
  • 3.05-3.30 Panel discussion & Q&A with representatives from NSW Health & ABA
  • 3.30 Summary and Close - Professor Virginia Schmied

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Name: Professor Virginia Schmied