This online module includes “real life” video scenarios with entertaining narratives, interactive Q&A, interviews with health care professionals, and short PowerPoint™ slide decks to provide 3 to 4 hours of evidence-based Inter-Professional (IPE) content for health professions students. Students will learn why human milk is critical for infant, maternal, and public health, and how professionals can use a multi-disciplinary approach to support breastfeeding in clinical and community settings. Topics include the human milk microbiome, the impact of sociodemographic factors on breastfeeding rates, and the promotion of breastfeeding as best practice in the hospital and workplace. On completion of the course, the student will have improved knowledge of the bioscience of breastfeeding and a solid knowledge of how health-related professionals can work together to improve patient outcomes, protect breastfeeding, and ensure equitable access to this vital “human medicine.”
- Describe national goals and recommendations for breastfeeding in the US.
- Describe the evidence base behind the benefits of breastfeeding.
- Recognize how a team-based approach impacts breastfeeding success.
- Identify best practice in promoting optimal maternal child health outcomes.
- Identify sociodemographic factors that underlie current breastfeeding trends.
- Describe the scope of different health care professionals as they relate to breastfeeding support, promotion, and success.
Funding for this module was made possible by Inspire Health, Inc.