Ongoing evidence-based education and clinical assessment are crucial to ensure that those involved in caring for mothers and babies have the necessary skills and knowledge to implement best practice in infant feeding.
The New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance (NZBA) does not provide face-to-face infant feeding education sessions. However it does provide specific workshops and on-line sessions to support health workers to provide this level of care to all women.
Training is offered annually for those wishing to become Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Assessors and facility-based BFHI coordinators. Online courses have been established for all levels of health workers to meet the BFHI education guidelines (Ministry of Health 2008).
Education packages were developed in consultation with International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), adult educators and General Practitioners (GP). The courses are specifically designed to help participants achieve the high standard of practice required in baby friendly healthcare facilities. They are evidence-based and accompanied by comprehensive research and other useful materials.
For more information please contact Dawn Hunter, NZBA Learning and Development Facilitator, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.