New PediaLink Course: 2 hours CME on the pediatrician’s role in breastfeeding matters.

Posted on: April 27, 2016

The AAP PediaLink has a new on-line course called “Breastfeeding Matters, The Role of the Pediatrician” with 2hrs. of CME credit. This course allows you to learn more about office based support for breastfeeding mothers and infants in an on-line format to help you support breastfeeding mothers and infants reach their breastfeeding goal. Click Here to access the course or read more information about the course below.

 

“Breastfeeding Matters, The Role of the Pediatrician”

            Do you feel frustrated that you can’t spend the time you would like helping and supporting mothers with breastfeeding?   Are you worried that you and your office staff don’t have the knowledge and skills to help mothers with breastfeeding problems? You are not alone.  Data has shown that only about 40% of mothers are meeting their breastfeeding goals.1   The CDC Healthy People 2020 has set breastfeeding goals for the United States to meet to help improve the health of mothers and infants.2  The table below shows the goals and the national breastfeeding rates for infants born in 2011.   You can find out how your state is doing by checking the Breastfeeding Report Card.3

 

Category

Goal

Rates

Any breastfeeding during birth hospitalization

81.9%

79.2%

Exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months of age

46.2%

40.7%

Any breastfeeding at 6 months of age

60.6%

49.4%

Exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months of age

25.5%

18.8%

Any breastfeeding at 12 months of age

34.1%

26.7%

 

The women in the United States are almost meeting the goal for breastfeeding initiation, but continuing breastfeeding for 6-12 months seems to be a more difficult goal to accomplish. The AAP PediaLink has a new on-line course called “Breastfeeding Matters, The Role of the Pediatrician” with 2 hrs. of CME credit.   It covers the office based care of the breastfeeding mother-infant couple.   It covers the following topics:

1.  Newborn (3-5 day) visit, using RNs with breastfeeding training to perform most of the visit, and the pediatrician providing supervision,

2   2 week well care visit,

3.  a one month visit with discussion of returning to work,

4.  2 month well care visit and the use of cold medicines,

5.  outpatient care of the late preterm breastfeeding infant, and

6.  billing for visits related to lactation problems.

 

This course allows you to learn more about office based support for breastfeeding mothers and infants in an on-line format to help you support breastfeeding mothers and infants reach their breastfeeding goal. Click Here to access the course.

 

1.  Odom EC, Li R, Scanlon K, Perrine CG, and Grummer-Strawn L.  Reasons for Earlier Than Desired Cessation of Breastfeeding.   Pediatrics.  2013:  131;  e726-732.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   Healthy People 2020.

http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/policy/hp2020.htm

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   Breastfeeding Report Card 2014.

http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm

 

Mary E O’Connor MD, MPH                         Kathryn McLeod MD

Colorado Chapter AAP                                  Georgia Chapter, AAP, CBC