This session aims to equip Paediatric Nurses with the practical tools to support a mother whose breastfeeding infant is hospitalised. Participants will gain knowledge on how breastfeeding works for both mother and baby, including normal infant feeding and sleeping behaviours, and learn key tips in identifying an effective latch.

Practical strategies for assisting mothers to maintain their breast milk supply and protecting the breastfeeding relationship will be shared and advice on when to refer on for more skilled support from a Lactation Consultant.



Each year, thousands of breastfeeding infants are unexpectedly hospitalised. Paediatric nurses find themselves not only caring for the infant but also the infant’s mother, who accompanies the child and continues to provide nutrition to the baby. These mothers have unique needs which also must be considered providing the paediatric nurse with an opportunity to discuss feeding-related concerns and to refer to more specialised advice when appropriate.



The purpose of this learning activity is to provide paediatric nurses with a basic understanding of infant feeding and common breastfeeding concerns.


Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Gain an awareness of the importance of protecting the breastfeeding relationship during an infant’s hospital admission;
  • Gain an understanding of barriers to the breastfeeding relationship in the hospital setting and why these should be minimised;
  • Identify ways to support a mother to maintain her breast milk supply during her infant’s hospitalisation;
  • Identify key factors in assessing a baby as having a deep and effective, or poor latch at the breast and when more expert help should be sought from a lactation consultant.


Who is this for?

This Course is most relevant to midwives and nurses working with infants who many also be breastfeeding.



Rowena Gray HeadshotRowena Gray has a background in paediatric nursing and midwifery before becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2010 after falling in love with supporting mothers to have a better breastfeeding experience.

Her passion lies in sharing information in a way that is ‘no-nonsense’, understandable and relevant to the individual needs of each mum, bub and family.

Rowena is the author of ‘Born to Breastfeed – the first six weeks and beyond’ and has also published breastfeeding articles in parenting magazines (The Natural Parent Magazine & Nurture Parenting) as well as online. (

A mother to three young daughters, Rowena has experienced the ups and downs of breastfeeding firsthand.

She has been working in private practice in Melbourne since 2012 and also runs a monthly breastfeeding education workshop in the western suburbs.

When she’s not working with Mums and bubs Rowena enjoys spending time outdoors on a bike with her husband and 3 girls.


Webinar Recording Details

This webinar was recorded on 6th September 2019 and will be reviewed from September 2021.

This webinar is also included in your membership.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson / 1 quiz Time: 1 hour


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