Breastfeeding Basics: Weighing the Benefits, Contraindications and Trends - CHES37

Breastfeeding Basics: Weighing the Benefits, Contraindications and Trends

by Crystal C. Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC
(4.5 / 1118 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


For nearly all infants, breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition and immunologic protection. Breastfeeding offers physical and psychological health benefits to infant and mother as well. Despite the overwhelming benefits of breastfeeding, the rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration in the United States fall short of the recommended six months to two years. Barriers to breastfeeding include negative attitudes of mother or family toward breastfeeding, lack of assistance and support, certain cultural beliefs and practices, inadequate healthcare and education, and lactation issues, among other things. Despite these positive aspects, breastfeeding is sometimes contraindicated. Promoting breastfeeding as the exclusive feeding method for infants is a public health priority. Many associations are involved that can educate healthcare professionals on optimal breastfeeding practices, encourage information exchange and research, and expand knowledge of human lactation.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide dietitians with information about benefits of, contraindications to, and trends regarding breastfeeding. After studying the information presented here, you 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

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians and health educators.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, 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.

Course Originally Released on: 3/29/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/6/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/6/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Jenna E - Culpeper, VA  ·  Nov 09, 2019
This was informative and educational.
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Kristina S - Culpeper, VA  ·  Nov 03, 2019
This course was very informative about breastfeeding barrier and benefits. Will continue to use this information in my every day practice and care for my patients.
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Alison F - Bealeton, VA  ·  Nov 03, 2019
Wonderful, educational course! Would highly recommend to help thousand of healthcare providers make a better, informed decision.
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Brittany T - Locust Grove, VA  ·  Oct 27, 2019
very informative and easy to read
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Cynthia B - Marshall, VA  ·  Oct 22, 2019
very imformative, about the process, and benefits of breastfeeding as well as society's participation in breast feeding.
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