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Maternal and Child Health programs and support groups

 Breastfeeding support

Watch this video on our Breastfeeding support service

 

Breastfeeding: a family affair

The video below profiles two families, a dads group, and two health professionals discussing the importance of family support and strategies.

 

First Food for Babies

Thinking about introducing your baby to food? 

Watch this video ' A short guide to starting your baby on solids'

Are you needing more support for your emotional health and wellbeing? We facilitate an 8-week group program to provide this extra support for mothers and their infants.

For referral speak to your MCH nurse or call (03) 9599 4605.

Toddlers

Learn how to support your toddler to develop healthy sleeping habits.

  • Join us for a one hour information session with a Maternal & Child Health Nurse
  • Regular online ‘Microsoft Teams’ sessions.

Session will cover

  • Information on typical sleep patterns and behaviours of toddlers.
  • Ways to encourage your toddler to develop optimal sleep habits.
  • Settling strategies to improve challenging toddler behaviours and improve sleep.

Bookings essential

Call 9599 4755 or speak with your MCH nurse.

 

Babies 6–12 months

Wondering how to support your baby to develop healthy sleep patterns?

  • Join us for a one hour information session with a Maternal & Child Health Nurse.
  • Regular online ‘Microsoft Teams’ sessions.

Session will cover

  • Information on typical sleep patterns and behaviours of older babies.
  • Ways to support optimal sleep habits for your baby.
  • Strategies to improve current sleep and settling behaviours of your baby.

Bookings essential

Call 9599 4755 or speak with your MCH nurse.

 

INfant Feeding, Active play and NuTrition (INFANT) Program

The INFANT program aims to provide new parents with essential skills and information about healthy eating and active play for their babies. INFANT is an evidence-based initiative led by our local MCH nurses and includes four interactive sessions at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months of age. INFANT sessions cover topics such as introducing solids, food refusal and fussy eating, tummy time, active play ideas and the role that parent wellbeing plays in your baby’s life.

You will also have free access to the My Baby Now app, full of tailored, trustworthy, practical advice and tips on feeding and active play with your baby. INFANT has been developed by child health experts and health professionals at Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition and INFANT is now available at Bayside City Council.

Are you a parent or caregiver and interested in joining INFANT?  Email familyservices@bayside.vic.gov.au or speak with your MCH nurse to register your interest in the next INFANT session

Access the My Baby Now app using this link https://is.gd/parentMBN, or download the app from the App Store or Google Play and register for a new account.