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Introduction to Breastfeeding for Medical Students

University of Glasgow and Unicef via FutureLearn

Overview

Gain the medical training skills you need around the subject of breastfeeding

This informative course, in a collaboration between Unicef UK and the University of Glasgow, provides an introduction for medical students about breastfeeding, including what is in human milk, why breastfeeding matters and how best to support families.

Gain the knowledge to encourage breastfeeding

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.

Compare the components of breastmilk and infant formula

You’ll see how any amount of human milk has a positive effect and be able to compare it with infant formula, with the aim to support informed decision-making for new mothers.

Recognise effective breastfeeding

Learn about how breastfeeding works and how to support mothers to breastfeed effectively.

Understand the barriers to breastfeeding in the UK and how these can be overcome

Finally, you will understand why so many women struggle to breastfeed in the UK and what is needed to overcome this.

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.

Taught by

Charlotte Wright

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