For nearly all infants, breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition and immunologic protection. It offers other physical and psychological health benefits to infant and mother as well. Despite the overwhelming benefits of breastfeeding, depending on the source consulted, the rates of breastfeeding in the United States fall short of the recommended six months to two years. Some barriers to breastfeeding include negative attitude of mother or family toward breastfeeding, and lack of assistance and support. Despite the benefits of breastfeeding, it is sometimes contraindicated. Promoting exclusive breastfeeding is a public health priority, and there are many organizations that can educate health care professionals on optimal breastfeeding practices, encourage information exchange and research, and expand knowledge of human lactation.
The goal of this breastfeeding continuing education program is to provide dietitians with information about the benefits, contraindications and trends regarding breastfeeding. After studying the material presented here, the learner will be able to:
- Describe the benefits of breastfeeding to patients and clients
- Discuss the infant and maternal health conditions in which breastfeeding is contraindicated
- Explain breastfeeding trends and barriers
This course is intended for health educators.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, 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 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.