Field Epidemiology

Breastfeeding Grand Rounds 2013
It Takes A Village: Promoting Breastfeeding at the Community Level

Originally webcast on Thursday, August 1, 2013


Stephanie Sosnowski, BS, ICCE, IBCLC, RLC
Mary Applegate, MD, MPH
Ruth Lawrence, MD

Breastfeeding is known to be the best source of infant nutrition and immunologic protection, and babies who are breastfed are less likely to become obese in later life and less likely to suffer from diabetes and asthma.  Mothers, as well, receive benefits, with lower rates of breast and ovarian cancers.  Although most mothers (75%) try to breastfeed, by three months post-partum, most have given up.  Only about 17% of new mothers are breastfeeding by six months (Surgeon General, 2011).

In 2011, the Surgeon General issued A Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, describing specific steps that can be taken society-wide to support mothers and babies who are breastfeeding.  This wider approach to breastfeeding support is believed to be effective in reducing disparities in breastfeeding rates among specific segments of the community.  Community support can be crucial in: changing social norms to see breastfeeding as “normal;” overcoming embarrassment, lack of knowledge and lack of support from health care providers; and supporting lactating women who return to work.  This program will highlight community-level actions to support successful lactation.

Target Audience
Physicians, nurses, midwives, lactation consultants, peer counselors, and public health professionals who promote breastfeeding in their communities and support women to breastfeed their infants. 

Program Objectives
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the disparities in breastfeeding rates among different sectors of US society
  2. Explain the importance of community engagement in addressing those disparities
  3. List at least four sectors of the community that can contribute to successful breastfeeding
  4. Describe the concept of a "warm chain" for breastfeeding and the roles of community partners in promoting and supporting breastfeeding

This program is sponsored by the New York State Department of Health and funded by the USDHHS/HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

L-CERPS are no longer available.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 2 nursing contact hour(s).

Continuing Medical Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Certified Health Education Specialists

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.  This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 2 total Category I contact education contact hours.  Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing education credits will be available until August 2016.

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in
this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.