Action 9. Provide education and training in breastfeeding for all health professionals who care for women and children.
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- Improve the breastfeeding content in undergraduate and graduate education and training for health professionals
- Establish and incorporate minimum requirements for competency in lactation care into health professional credentialing, licensing, and certification processes
- Increase opportunities for continuing education on the management of lactation to ensure the maintenance of minimum competencies and skills
- Key Website Features: News Room, Advocacy HQ, and Coalitions Directory
- Learning Community: Health Professional Education & Training Learning Community
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Nurses
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Physicians
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Other Health Care Professionals
- Webpage: Other Organizations' Policy Statements
- Publication: Core Competencies in Breastfeeding Care and Services for All Health Professionals
- Publication: Breastfeeding and Oral Health
- Position Statement: Infant/Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
Action Activities: Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine members work in medical schools, residency, and fellowship programs in all areas of medicine to increase content on human lactation. In addition, ABM hosts an annual meeting which provides breastfeeding training for health care professionals.
Supporting Link: http://www.bfmed.org/Meeting/ConfDetails.aspx
Action Activities: The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding Executive Committee awarded Lectureship Grants to members in the following 3 states: Florida, New York, and Tennessee. These grants provide up to $1,000.00 in funding to assist SOBr members in the USA, to develop or partially subsidize a breastfeeding lectureship program focused on residency training. In addition the AAP's E-Learning division has launched the Safe and Healthy Beginnings EQIPP Module, which focuses on reducing the risk of hyperbilirubinemia, care coordination in the first week after birth, and improving breastfeeding care. This module will carry CME and can help physicians achieve Maintenance of Certification through the American Board of Pediatrics. The American Academy of Pediatrics has also developed the Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum to help residents develop confidence and skills in breastfeeding care.
Action Activities: The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists' Role of Nutrition in Infant Mortality highlights nutrition as a modifiable risk factor that must be addressed as part of infant mortality efforts. This brief summarizes the impact of nutrition, including breastfeeding on infant mortality and identifies areas where nutrition interventions can make a difference in reducing infant mortality. It also describes the critical role that public health nutritionists play in preventing infant mortality.
Supporting Link: http://www.asphn.org/resource_files/577/577_resource_file1.pdf
Action Activities: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline
AWHONN released the third edition of, “Breastfeeding Support: Preconception Care through the First Year,” in 2015. The latest edition of this resource highlights AWHONN's continued commitment to promoting evidence-based nursing practice and ensuring that breast-and human milk feeding is the normative standard for infant feeding and nutrition for term, preterm and vulnerable infants. To learn more, visit AWHONN’s website.
Action Activities: BCUSA is in the process of developing an IBLCE-approved curriculum to be used in Cafes to provide training and hours to sit for the IBCLC exam.
Supporting Link: http:// babycafeusa.org see: about us - Curriculum team
Action Activities: One of the activities at our training workshops involves messaging around breastfeeding.
Action Activities: CDC is providing funding to the AAP for the purpose of updating physician education resources and determine gaps and needs of physicians. This work will be done in conjunction with the physician education constellation.
Action Activities: The Healthy Children Project, in partnership with The Union Institute and University offers a BS in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting and an MA in Health and Wellness: Lactation Consulting in addition to lactation certification programs.
Supporting Link: http://healthychildren.cc/Education.htm
Action Activities: The Human Milk Banking Association of North America hosts an annual conference featuring presentations on the latest research and clinical practice.
Supporting Link: https://www.hmbana.org/conferences
Action Activities: The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) sets and implements standards for continuing education approval of education for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). The IBLCE Exam Blueprint, Scope of Practice for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and the Clinical Competencies for IBCLC Practice describe the minimum standards of knowledge and skill for lactation consultants.
Supporting Link: http://iblce.org/resources/professional-standards/
Action Activities: The International Childbirth Education Association provides both certification and other educational opportunities for breastfeeding support. IAT's are required to attend breastfeeding continuing education on a yearly basis. ICEA is beginning an educational offering "Early Lactation Care Workshop" for all childbirth educators
Supporting Link: http://icea.org
Action Activities: La Leche League offers continuing education programs for health care providers.
Supporting Link: http://www.llli.org/resources/providers.html?m=0,2
Action Activities: Lamaze International offers the Lamaze Breastfeeding Support Specialist Training Program to provide advanced training for educators, doulas, nurses, midwives, lactation consultants, and other health care professionals to develop competencies required to support breastfeeding women and their families.
Supporting Link: http://www.lamazeinternational.org/BecomeAnInstructor
Action Activities: Mom2Mom Global works to bring accredited lactation training and CME opportunities to the military communities in which we operate. Although these trainings are open to all community members, many MTF staff utilize the opportunity to gain CME and deepen their knowledge of lactation-specific information. In addition, our lactation volunteer partnerships with MTFs provide an opportunity for on-the-job lactation education for health care professionals within the military health system.
Supporting Link: http://www.mom2momglobal.org
Action Activities: The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Pratitioners (NAPNAP) encourages its membership to promote informed choice about infant feeding practices by educating expectant parents, family members, adolescents, and society at large about the nutritional, social, and economic importance of breastfeeding. NAPNAP encourages PNPs to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding as the normal, expected, and achievable infant feeding practice while functioning within their regular clinic duties. The NAPNAP breastfeeding Special Interest Group provides scholarships for continuing education and encourages members to become Certified Lactation Consultants, providing scholarship monies for those pursuing certification.
Supporting Link: https://www.napnap.org/bfe
Action Activities: Pregnant Women, Drug Use, and NAS: Experts Share Science & Strategies That Help Women, Babies, and Families 2015. Breastfeeding issues and solutions were a common theme throughout the symposium.
Supporting Link: http://www.nationalperinatal.org/Nashville
Action Activities: The United States Lactation Consultant Association offers affordable monthly webinars on diverse topics available to members and non-members. Webinar recordings can be purchased for use in a group setting (including staff education). The USLCA journal, Clinical Lactation, focuses on lactation information that is helpful and applicable in daily practice.
Supporting Link: http://uslca.org/education-resources
Action Activities: Host a healthcare provider breastfeeding educational and advocacy conference each spring in every odd year.
Supporting Link: http://flbreastfeeding.org/hps.htm
Action Activities: The KBC provides breastfeeding education sessions to staff at hospitals, health department staff, home visitor programs (Health Start, Parents as Teachers, Early Head Start, etc...), K-State Research and Extension, and other involved in supporting families in Kansas. Sessions are 1-2 hours in length on a variety of lactation topics.
La Leche League of Kansas hosts an annual breastfeeding continuing education program for health professionals featuring a nationally recognized expert in lactation.
Action Activities: The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition provides education and training to health professionals and others at its annual meeting and workshop and the Perinatal Hospital Leadership Summit, and promotes a free online Golden Start Breastfeeding Curriculum for Nursing Students.
Supporting Link: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/oshii/bf/curriculum.html
Action Activities: Over the next two years we plan to promote education and evidence-based practices for breastfeeding support. This includes providing education and training for providers and supporters (IBCLCs, OB, FP, PEDs, CBEs, etc.)
•Visit OB and Pediatrician offices, give them breastfeeding information
•Bring Really? Really! posters to visits to offices.
•Visit with OB offices, provide more up to date information from WHO
•Establish a list of physicians and other providers who care for newborns across the state. Same for those who do prenatal care.
•Develop material (use existing if possible) to share with OB, FP and peds offices throughout the state.
Supporting Link: http://nebreastfeeding.org/category/training/
Action Activities: The NHBFTF offers an annual statewide breastfeeding conference and offers learning opportunities at general task force meetings. The NHBFTF provides access to evidence-based breastfeeding information on the NHBTFTF website including an online 15 hour curriculum to meet Baby-Friendly requirements. The NH Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Collaborative Subcommittee also conducts 5 hour clinical skills instruction to meet Baby-Friendly requirements. In the last year the NHBFTF also became an ANCC approved provider to provide nursing credits for breastfeeding educational opportunities allowing RN’s to meet professional continuing education requirements.