Maternal and Infant Health

This section of the website outlines some of the major activities which are being undertaken by the Australian Government towards improving maternal and infant health.

Page last updated: 26 February 2014

Maternal and Infant Health
Ensuring that women are as healthy as possible during their pregnancy is important to guarantee the best possible start in life for their child. This webpage outlines some of the major activities which are being undertaken by the Australian Government towards improving maternal and infant health.

Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas: Manufacturers and Importers Agreement - the MAIF Agreement
The MAIF Agreement is a voluntary, self regulatory code of conduct between manufacturers and importers of infant formula in Australia. It gives effect in Australia to the principles of the World Health Organisation's International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes.

Breastfeeding
Relatively simple, cost-effective measures such as breastfeeding can have a significant impact on the health of women and children.

National Antenatal Care Guidelines
National Evidence Based Antenatal Care Guidelines are being developed. They will be a key tool to assist health professionals to provide optimal care for pregnant women across Australia.