Weekly study3 hours
Introduction to Breastfeeding for Medical Students
Gain the medical training skills you need around the subject of breastfeeding
This informative course, in a collaboration between Unicef UK and the University of Glasgow, provides an introduction for medical students about breastfeeding, including what is in human milk, why breastfeeding matters and how best to support families.
Gain the knowledge to encourage breastfeeding
You will investigate the benefits of breastfeeding, from improved health for both babies and their mothers, to the strong emotional bond that it creates between the two.
Compare the components of breastmilk and infant formula
You’ll see how any amount of human milk has a positive effect and be able to compare it with infant formula, with the aim to support informed decision-making for new mothers.
Recognise effective breastfeeding
Learn about how breastfeeding works and how to support mothers to breastfeed effectively.
Understand the barriers to breastfeeding in the UK and how these can be overcome
Finally, you will understand why so many women struggle to breastfeed in the UK and what is needed to overcome this.
- How is human milk produced and what are its components?
- What does effective breastfeeding look like?
- What are some of the challenges of breastfeeding in the UK?
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe the main constituents of human milk and their function
- Appreciate the importance of human milk and breastfeeding to human health
- Understand the anatomy and physiology of lactation
- Be able to list the key practices that facilitate the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding
- Understand the role of the doctor in supporting and advocating for breastfeeding
- Understand the role of the doctor in supporting parents to formula feed as safely as possible
- Appreciate the wider social, cultural and political influences on infant feeding
- Understand the importance of the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent WHA resolutions (the Code) and how it impacts on practice
Who is the course for?
This introductory course is great for first year medical students looking to understand more about the value of human milk, the difference between human milk and infant formula and how best to support babies, their mothers and families with infant feeding.
Who developed the course?
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