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 helps to protect infants from infection and 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 Baby Friendly best practice standards for higher education, 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 continuous professional development, Evidence-based Care for Supporting Breastfeeding is designed to aid learning. Each chapter begins with specific learning outcomes linked to the Baby Friendly standards, key fact boxes, clinical scenarios and activities.
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.
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