Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mary Anne Biro (Peninsula)


This unit will focus on human lactation, breastfeeding and infant nutrition. It will provide opportunities for students to analyse critically socio-cultural dimensions related to lactation and nutrition and consolidate knowledge and skills to support women in making infant feeding choices. In addition, this unit provides the opportunity for students to apply principles of lactation, breastfeeding and infant nutrition to practice. The unit will facilitate students' application of relevant codes to midwifery practice.


On completion of this unit students will have had the opportunity to:

  1. critically examine socio-cultural dimensions of baby nutrition and breastfeeding, in Australia and globally;
  2. describe the anatomy and physiology of the human female breast and process of lactation;
  3. explore how a baby breastfeeds and situations where the baby and mother have special needs;
  4. identify strategies which promote and protect breastfeeding;
  5. identify factors impacting upon breastfeeding and baby nutrition;
  6. explore how to assist women and infants experiencing breastfeeding difficulties; and,
  7. reflect upon and critically examine one's own values and beliefs in respect to the dignity, worth and spirituality of women and infant dyads and families.


Written assignment (2,000 words): 40%
Student presentation (20 minute presentation and poster): 40%
Case study (1000 words):20%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Helen Hall