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 nutrition professionals.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 2 course. Learning Codes: 2000, 2020, 4000, 4040, 4070, 4090, 4140, 4150
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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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.
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