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Course Overview

This informative course, provides an introduction for medical students about breastfeeding, including what is in human milk, why breastfeeding matters and how best to support families. 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.

  • 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?

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.

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