Sharon Perrella
PhD, GradCertNsg, PGradDipClinNsg (NICU), MSc, RN RM IBCLC

Sharon is a registered nurse and midwife, with qualifications and experience in neonatal intensive care, paediatric and child health nursing. She has been a voluntary breastfeeding counselor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association and qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2008. Sharon feels privileged to be part of a dymanic team that is committed to furthering our understanding of the many facets of lactation and breastfeeding.

Sharon completed a PhD titled “The Effect Of Different Types Of Nutrition On The Gastrointestinal Re-sponse Of The Preterm Infant” in 2015 with distinction. Sharon’s research interests include the establishment and maintenance of lactation and breastfeeding following preterm birth, low milk supply, and the effect of oral anomalies on breastfeeding outcomes.

This knowledge will clarify the relationship between infant development and appetite control and set the basis for intervention at a critical window with great potential to assist in the prevention of obesity. The significance of this project is that it provides the necessary knowledge required to target obesity prevention and potentially improve national health.

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