R.N. R.M. M.C.H.N. Dip CHN. Grad DIP Hlth Ed. Cert Counseling & Psychotherapy. Mst Hlth Sc. (Parent & Infant Mental Hlth.)
Maternal & Child Health Nurse
Michele Meehan is a Maternal & Child Health Nurse who has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 30 years as a Clinical Nurse Consultant (Maternal & Child Health). This has involved consulting and managing children’s care in all areas of the hospital, General medicine, cardiac, respiratory, post-operative and emergency department, particularly with breast and bottle-feeding issues. She has worked with the Infant Mental Health team with irritable babies and the Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic.
It can be hard to understand why your baby stops feeding. Many things may be the trigger – illness, discomfort from the feed, (vomiting, pain, allergy) choking, and your anxiety this behaviour creates.
But whatever started it; it is important to stop any force-feeding, persistent feeding, (over 45 minutes) or constantly offering the feed.
Michele Meehan is experienced in assisting with the transition back to ‘normal’ feeding
The first thing you come to learn about your toddler is that YOU NEVER WIN A BATTLE WITH A TODDLER.
Toddlers’ main developmental goal is their strive for independence, so food battles become the best arena to demonstrate their power and control.
While this phase is something parents usually survive, other factors can mean that the food intake and fussiness gets extreme and food range becomes limited.
Through Michele’s 30 years work at the Royal Children’s Hospital she has seen many babies being fed by nasogastric tubes for various reasons.
Sometimes once the need for the tube is past we may find the baby has become dependent on the tube, and is uninterested in oral or self-feeding.
In consultation with your Paediatrician Michele is happy to help in a weaning plan to oral drinking and self-feeding.