Selwyn & Christchurch

Feeding Plans are not Forever

Sometimes breastfeeding does not go as expected. Everyone needs lots of support when learning to breastfeed, with some mamas and babies needing more help than others, so feeding plans are created to ensure these babies are fed and their mama’s breasts are stimulated.

Feeding plans may be in place for many different reasons and this information relates to term and near-term well-babies who are being cared for by their whanau.

Ideally, a feeding plan contains these features:

  • Written notes about the rationale behind the plan and the expected outcome of it
  • Regular review times with an initial check-in around 24-48 hours after it begins
  • Workloads that are sustainable and realistic enough to carry out the plan
  • Information and instructions about cleaning equipment, feeding methods, volumes, timeframes, alternative strategies, expected changes that may start occurring as a result of the plan, etc

Plans that involve Triple Feeding include time at the breast, supplementary feeding, and pumping, and should be used for the shortest time wherever possible; not for weeks and weeks or months without review.

A feeding plan should never end suddenly based on a single result. Exit strategies are required and are driven by the outcome of each review, and any plans still in place should be handed over if care ends.

Postnatal support with breastfeeding is available for free when you complete your full antenatal course with Birth & More.

Health Professional training for creating feeding plans available here The Unenthused Feeder