Supporting and Promoting Breastfeeding in Health Care Settings

Physicians and health care providers have a unique role in promoting breastfeeding and supporting a woman’s decision to breastfeed. This support begins during preconception care and continues through prenatal care, delivery, postpartum care, and during ongoing care of the infant, woman and the family.

To provide this ongoing support, physicians and health care providers need to:

  • Know the current recommendations for breastfeeding;
  • Understand the benefits of breastfeeding, the physiology of lactation and how to identify women at risk for lactation problems or with contraindications;
  • Provide breastfeeding education to identify potential barriers and solutions, resources, local lactation counseling services and breastfeeding support groups;
  • Establish policies and procedures consistent with the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” to improve breastfeeding practices in hospitals, clinics and office practices.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this program participants will be able to:

  • Increase knowledge about breastfeeding and lactation techniques;
  • Improve skills in assessing latch and nursing effectiveness;
  • Enhance proficiency in lactation counseling during pregnancy, at delivery and during the immediate and postpartum periods;
  • Increase the percentage of women who meet their breastfeeding goals, and increase successful breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity and duration.

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These modules do not offer CE credit at this time.