Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Outline the history of infant feeding and breastfeeding.
2. Discuss the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk and other signs of the paradigm shift in favor of breastfeeding.
3. Review components of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
4. List the risk and disadvantages associated with artificial baby milk (ABM).
5. Describe the components and types of breast milk.
6. Discuss the anatomy and development of the breast and the physiology of breast milk production.
7. Identify key points of antepartum education and lactation assessments.
8. Outline the role of the doula.
9. Review various hospital routines that affect breastfeeding, including the use of labor medications and the neonatal assessment.
10. Describe the latch-on process.
11. List potential maternal complications that may interfere with breastfeeding.
12. List potential infant complications that may make breastfeeding difficult or impossible.
13. Compare and contrast various devices available for the breastfeeding mother.
14. Discuss issues that may arise during the early weeks and months of breastfeeding.
15. Identify support available for the breastfeeding couple.'