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Giving advice on bottle-feeding

Baby bottle-feeding 

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Giving advice on bottle-feeding
In terms of infant feeding, although “breast is best”, for various reasons it is not always possible. Wendy Jones looks at the current recommendations for formula milks and advice pharmacists can give
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The information below helps you to identify knowledge gaps and undertake continuing professional development.

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    How to undertake continuing professional development

    Reflect on knowledge gaps

    • Should soya formula be recommended for babies who are allergic to cow’s milk proteins?
    • Why should ready to feed formula rather than reconstituted formula be used for premature babies?
    • Are you able advise on long chain fatty acids in formulas?

    Think about how this article may help you to do your job better. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s areas of competence for pharmacists are listed in “Plan and record” (available at: www.uptodate.org.uk). This article relates to “decision-making and problem-solving in relation to drug therapy” and “health education and promotion” (see appendix 4 of “Plan and record”).

    Act: practice points

    Reading is only one way to undertake CPD and the Society will expect to see various approaches in a pharmacist’s CPD portfolio.

    • Find out where your local Children’s Centre is and signpost access to Healthy Start benefits.
    • Make sure your staff are aware of the new recommendations on preparing and storing bottles of formula milk.
    • Offer to audit your local surgery’s prescribing of infant formulas — many formulas are prescribed unnecessarily.

    Evaluate

    For your work to be presented as CPD, you need to evaluate your reading and any other activities.

    Answer the following questions:

    • What have you learnt?
    • How has it added value to your practice? (Have you applied this learning or had any feedback?)
    • What will you do now and how will this be achieved?

    Record

    Consider making this activity one of your nine CPD entries this year.

    Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10993798

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