Stanford's Short Course on Breastfeeding was designed for new mothers and the people who support them. This engaging, one-week learning experience, provides participants with everything they need to know to more successfully establish breastfeeding – or support a new mother who has decided to breastfeed. We created the course because we recognize that there is a very small window in which successful, exclusive breastfeeding can be established, and that many new mothers are mastering this skill during a busy and sometimes stressful time. Brought to life by beautiful illustrations and interviews with international mothers, we hope to reach the broadest spectrum of mothers, helping them understand the current recommendations, challenges, benefits and practical considerations around breastfeeding - while simultaneously inspiring them to consider breastfeeding as the first choice for feeding their babies.
And now for the legal stuff...
Disclaimer of Warranty and Limitation of Liability
THE INFORMATION IN THIS COURSE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION, OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. DIGITAL MEDIC AND STANFORD MEDICINE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY TYPE OF LOSS OR INJURY, OR ANY DAMAGES WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT, ARISING FROM USE OF THIS COURSE. This course is not a substitute for the advice, diagnosis or treatment by an appropriately qualified and licensed physician or other health care provider.
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This is a succinct and clearly-relayed course that can be of use to expectant/currently-caring families and for health professionals alike (the latter to help them guide mothers towards evidence-based practices more easily). The information provided were never too much and well-deliberated. I recommend, for future iterations of this course, a detailed discussion on a list of absolute and relative contraindications to breastfeeding (including illicit drug intake, specific infections, etc.).
Although the course does not officially open until April 16, I was able to access the videos, practice quiz and final quiz as soon as I enrolled. It took me nothing like the recommended 7 hours to complete the course. The videos are short, making it easy...
Although the course does not officially open until April 16, I was able to access the videos, practice quiz and final quiz as soon as I enrolled. It took me nothing like the recommended 7 hours to complete the course. The videos are short, making it easy for busy mothers and their support network to watch. It is suitable for both health workers and families. If you are not sure about the advantages of breastfeeding, this course clearly explains the health and cost benefits to both mother and baby. It also shows mothers how to tell if their baby is getting enough milk and the video about managing breastfeeding when the mother has to return to work or study is great!
I would have liked the opportunity to join more discussions, apart from the "set" discussion topics on several course pages. Also, I would have liked to see more details to actually encourage the baby to open the mouth wide for a good latch onto the breast. This crucial point was mentioned, and many mothers will be assisted by health professionals straight after the birth, but if the baby is reluctant to open the mouth wide, it can lead to difficulties establishing and maintaining breastfeeding.
Apart from these minor points, I thought the course was well presented and suitable for anyone expecting a baby. Don't wait until the baby arrives to start learning about breastfeeding! Although the body naturally produces milk after birth, the mother and baby both need to learn how to most easily breastfeed.