24 learners taking this course
It is within the scope of some medical professionals to support women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Breastfeeding is one of the most powerful medicines we can provide our children and, thus, it is essential that primary care physicians have a basic and evidence-based understanding of lactation and lactation medicine.
In this 3-hour online course, medical professionals will be given a foundation of knowledge related to breastfeeding so that patients can be better informed and supported. The science of lactation will be discussed including anatomy and physiology. The course also describes what the principles are of a good latch, how positioning affects milk transfer from the breast (including videos), how to know a baby is getting enough milk, naturopathic tips for common breastfeeding concerns, and when to refer to a lactation consultant.
- To better understand the benefits of breastfeeding and risks of formula feeding
- To understand the structure and function of the mammary gland as it relates to lactation
- To understand how to promote breastfeeding friendly practices to their patients
- To recognize the principles of good latching and positioning
- To understand what it looks like when a baby is latched to the breast and drinking as opposed to latched but not transferring milk
- To understand some common concerns that arise with breastfeeding and learn some naturopathic remedies that may help
- To understand when referral to a Lactation Consultant is necessary