One aspect of midwifery care is to discuss with whānau, how they plan to feed their pēpi. The approach needs to be sensitive and respectful. (Manaakitanga)
Once the intended feeding method is established by whānau the midwifery care can be tailored to meet the needs of the whānau. (Kaitiakitanga)
Midwives have an obligation to provide evidence based and culturally appropriate information about infant feeding. This information must support whānau to develop and maintain safe and successful infant feeding.
When requested and when appropriate midwives have an obligation to provide evidence based and culturally appropriate information about formula milk feeding. This information must support whānau to develop and maintain safe and successful formula milk feeding. (Whānaungatanga)
Links and information on Infant feeding education and support groups available for midwives, other health practitioners and whānau.
Resources which midwives and other health practitioners can print or download and give to whānau .
An A - Z list of reliable links to aid in problem solving in the support of infant feeding.
Referral criteria for referring whanau to a lactation consultant and link to referral form.
Before referring please ensure that you have observed an entire feed and documented what adjustments you have suggested to the Mother, and outline your current/existing plan to address breastfeeding issues for this mother and infant.