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: Breastfeeding is encouraged by the AAFP and resources are provided on the breastfeeding website and in CME courses. Medical schools and family medicine residencies should include appropriate curricula in lactation physiology and breastfeeding management so that family physicians are adequately trained to provide care to breastfeeding mothers and infants.
Action Activities: The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding Executive Committee awards Lectureship Grants to members in good standing within the various AAP chapters. These grants provide up to $2,000.00 in funding to assist SOBr members in the USA, to develop or partially subsidize a breastfeeding or use of donor milk in the NICU lectureship program. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has the Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum to help residents develop confidence and skills in breastfeeding care.
Action Activities: The American Breastfeeding Institute collaborates with other relevant organizations to provide training programs to professionals who work with minority, marginalized, or at-risk populations.
Action Activities: ACOG founded a Breastfeeding Expert Work Group in February 2014 to develop accurate content and education, and to continue to demonstrate ACOG’s commitment to helping women achieve their goals for the best care possible for their newborns. ACOG’s Breastfeeding Expert Work Group will assist ACOG, specifically the Committee on Obstetric Practice and other committees as appropriate, by providing expertise in breastfeeding medicine and use that expertise to develop and promote breastfeeding tools and initiatives for providers and patients at all levels of the community.
Supporting Link: https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/ACOG-Departments/Breastfeeding
Action Activities: 1. Host conference sessions to share best practices and science on support of mothers and families.
2. We offer CEUs that can count for health professionals to enhance their training.
Action Activities: ASPHN’s “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. ASPHN regularly hosts webinars (e.g., MCH Nutrition Council, CoIIN, NWA partnership) for public health practitioners and have included breastfeeding topics. These webinars are recorded and archived on the website. ASPHN sponsors a competency website for professionals to increase knowledge and skills in public health nutrition. We also partnered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to develop and offer a public health nutrition online certificate of training.
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 offers an IBLCE-approved curriculum to be used in Cafes to provide training and counseling hours to sit for the IBCLC exam.
Action Activities: Conducted lactation training, childbirth education classes, and doula training to provide them with information that would aid breastfeeding and pregnant women.
Supporting Link: http://www.bmbfa.org
Action Activities: CGBI provides online and in-person training to healthcare providers.
Supporting Link: https://sph.unc.edu/cgbi/breastfeeding-university/
Action Activities: CHEER and its partners - including Every Mother, Inc. - offer US hospital nursing staff, lactation consultants, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), and providers education and training required by Baby-Friendly USA in the form of hands-on clinical skills courses. We have also created a curriculum that promotes safe implementation of the BFHI.
Supporting Link: https://www.cheerequity.org/trainings.html
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: Every Mother currently works in a cooperative agreement with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service for the project, "WIC Breastfeeding Curriculum," a national breastfeeding training program for all levels of WIC staff. The curriculum is a tiered-based model designed in the "visual language" approach to address the learning needs of peer counselors, support staff, WIC certifiers, designated breastfeeding experts, and other WIC staff who work with new mothers. Every Mother is conducting regional "train the trainer" events throughout the country to assist FNS in launching the new materials, and will be adding additional components for self study and other resources as part of the overall comprehensive training package.
Every Mother works as part of the CHAMPS Mississippi team (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices), a division of CHEER, to continue to provide competency training to help nursing staff meet skills required for Baby-Friendly certification, and to develop/provide training on safe implementation of maternity care practices.
Action Activities: The Healthy Children Project, Inc. provides training for more than 4,000 health workers annually through face-to-face courses, conferences, and online learning opportunities. Some of our courses prepare successful participants for lactation certifications and provide college credit recommendations.
Supporting Link: https://centerforbreastfeeding.org/education/college-credit/
Action Activities: HMBANA regularly publishes two guidelines for donor milk and milk banking, these are: "Best Practices for Expressing, Storing, and Handling Human Milk in Hospitals, Homes" and "Child Care Settings and Guidelines for the Establishment and Operation of a Donor Human Milk Bank". HMBANA also convenes a biennial international conference on donor milk and a biennial membership symposium on milk banking.
Supporting Link: https://www.hmbana.org/news/events
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: 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: LEAARC offers Recognition of lactation training programs of up to 45 hours in length, Approval of lactation training programs over 909 hours in length and accreditation of collegiate lactation programs.
LEAARC also offers Recognition of Clinical Internships of up to 100 hours and Approval of programs offering 500 hours Clinical Internships
These endorsement opportunities assure the quality of didactic and clinical training in lactation management.
Supporting Link: http://www.leaarc.org/download/LEAARC_ApprovedCourses.pdf
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: The BCD received funding to provide EPIC B.E.S.T. training to health professionals across the states of Delaware. Trained 70 practices in breastfeeding education and support.
Action Activities: We provide annual education conferences bringing expert speakers in the field of lactation to provide training and education to physicians, healthcare providers, nurses, lactation and birth professionals.
Action Activities: BREAST is currently going to launch a program where they go to work sites and daycares and try to make them more breastfeeding friendly.
Action Activities: BreastfeedLA hosts continuing education opportunities every month for registered dieticians, nurses, lactation professionals, doulas, and social workers, and physicians. All trainings offer CEU's and CERPS. Occassionally we offer continuing education such as CHES, CME's, and others for LCSW, LMFT, and Attorneys. We also provide webinar opportunities as well.
Supporting Link: http://breastfeedla.org/events/
Action Activities: CBC is working to diversity lactation consultants in the state through scholarships to support future consultants take the courses and exams.
Supporting Link: http://a
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 in-person breastfeeding education sessions to the staff at hospitals, health department staff, home visitor programs (Health Start, Parents as Teachers, Early Head Start, etc...), K-State Research and Extension, and others involved in supporting families in Kansas. Sessions are in length from 1 hour to 1 day and address a variety of lactation topics.
Information on the KBC Breastfeeding Basics and Advanced Lactation courses are available at http://ksbreastfeeding.org/our-work/breastfeeding-education-courses/ .
Action Activities: Members of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition speak in a variety of settings and venues to educate health care professionals about breastfeeding. These include Grand Rounds at area hospitals, local conferences, and online continuing education modules.
Action Activities: MIBFN advocates that all medical providers should receive and provide evidence-based breastfeeding education. Medical providers have the greatest influence on a woman’s decision to breastfeed and must be able to provide lactation management and support. Inappropriate and conflicting information about breastfeeding leads to premature weaning, resulting in a loss of multiple health benefits for both mother and child. Conversely, equipping all providers with evidence-based information advances breastfeeding outcomes. When medical providers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other care providers provide basic support for breastfeeding it ensures continuity of care for mothers and families. In addition, any health care professional that provides care to breastfeeding women, whether a dentist, surgeon, radiologist, or pharmacist, should also receive basic breastfeeding education in order to provide evidence-based care in clinical practice. The long-term goal should be to include breastfeeding in the curriculum for all health and medical professional programs but a short-term solution is to provide training that supports breastfeeding
with appropriate avenues for referral to lactation professionals when necessary.
Supporting Link: https://www.mibreastfeeding.org/maternity-care/
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: The Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition has offered an annual Maternity Care Practices Summit for all birthing facilities in the state for the past three years.
MO DHSS recently won a five year grant to increase the number of IBCLCs throughout the state. The coalition will be working with DHSS to create awareness of these educational opportunities.
Supporting Link: http://www.mobreastfeeding.org/summit_2018/
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 occasional 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.
Supporting Link: http://nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org/healthcareproviders.php
Action Activities: Our health clinic staff has taken breastfeeding education traning to be supportive of employees and clients
Action Activities: Offered 2 day conference for nursing staff and providers with a focus on supporting breastfeeding in the office setting and L&D. Over 100 attendees.
Presented a "breastfeeding basics" curriculum to nursing students at community college
Action Activities: WVBA hosted 2 Healthy Child Project/Center for Breastfeeding Lactation Counselor Trainings in 2018 and welcomed 86 new Certified Lactation Counselors.