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Evidence-based Care for Breastfeeding Mothers

A Resource for Midwives and Allied Healthcare Professionals

By Maria Pollard

© 2012 – Routledge

272 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Breastfeeding is a major public health issue. Breast milk provides all the nutrients a baby needs for their first six months. Research studies also show that breastfeeding doesn’t just help to protect infants from infection, but has other benefits such as reducing obesity and can help protect mothers from some diseases in later life.

Breastfeeding rates are low, however, and women need the support of their midwives and health visitors when beginning breastfeeding and throughout their child’s infancy. Based on the UNICEF UK BFI Best Practice Standards for Higher Education Institutions, this accessible textbook addresses all 18 outcomes to ensure that students are equipped with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively promote and support breastfeeding mothers, including:

  • anatomy and physiology;
  • essential skills and good practice guidance;
  • dealing with common problems;
  • public health considerations;
  • babies and mothers with special needs;
  • complementary feeding.

Suitable for both undergraduate students and practitioners undertaking continuing professional development, Evidence-based Care for Breastfeeding Mothers is designed to aid learning. Each chapter includes specific learning outcomes linked to the Baby Friendly standards, key fact boxes, clinical scenarios and activities.

Table of Contents

1. Putting Breastfeeding into Context 2. Anatomy and Physiology of Lactation 3. Essential Skills for Practice 4. Good Practice to Promote, Initiate and Support Breastfeeding 5. Management of Common Problems 6. Supporting Mothers with Special Needs 7. Infants with Special Needs 8. Alternative Methods of Infant Feeding when Breastfeeding is not Possible 9. Introducing Solid Foods 10. Ongoing Support for Breastfeeding Mothers 11. Developing Knowledge and Skills to Support Breastfeeding Mothers Answers to Activities Appendices References

About the Author

Maria Pollard is Programme Leader for the MSc Maternal and Child Health Programme at the University of the West of Scotland. She is involved in the development and teaching of both pre- and post-registration programmes. Her main areas of interest are breastfeeding, education, supervision of midwives and normal childbirth. Maria has completed a doctorate in education, exploring how student midwives learn about breastfeeding, and is Project Leader for the implementation of the UNICEF education standards in the curriculum.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Pregnancy & Childbirth
MEDICAL / Gynecology & Obstetrics
MEDICAL / Nursing / Maternity, Perinatal, Women's Health


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