Breastfeeding is a major public health issue. Breastmilk 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.
Although initiation of breastfeeding is improving, the numbers who continue drop rapidly in the first few weeks highlighting that 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 University learning outcomes, this newly updated textbook addresses the outcomes to ensure that students are equipped with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively promote and support breastfeeding mothers, including:
• anatomy and physiology;
• building relationships;
• 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 begins with specific learning outcomes linked to the Baby Friendly outcomes, key fact boxes, clinical scenarios and activities.
Introduction 1. Putting Breastfeeding into Context 2. Building Relationships 3. Anatomy and Physiology of Lactation 4. Essential Skills for Practice 5. Good Practice to Promote, Initiate and Support Breastfeeding 6. Management of Common Problems 7. Supporting Mothers with Special Needs 8. Babies with Special Needs 9. Supporting Alternative Methods of Infant Feeding 10. Introducing Solid Foods 11. Ongoing Support for Breastfeeding Mothers 12. Developing the Skills to Support Breastfeeding Mothers