Supporting the Breastfeeding Couplet

Supporting the Breastfeeding Couplet

Course Expiration Date: 8/31/18

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $50 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: With approximately 80% of US mothers intending to breastfeed their newborns in the hospital.  In South Carolina, 75% of mothers are breastfeeding at birth with only 37% are still breastfeeding at 6 months and only 13% are still exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months.   Learn skills and techniques on how to assist and counsel mothers in the hospital, overcoming difficulties and removing barriers by exploring a "new" method: Biological Nurturing to help mothers reach their breastfeeding goals.  Also learn about the BabyFriendly Hospital Initiative, the designation process and how to utilize the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding in supporting all mothers and their newborns.  This course is designed with the hospital nurse  (L&D, newborn, or mother/baby) or breastfeeding/healthcare professional in mind.

Instructor: Starla J. McGorty, BSN RNC-LRN, IBCLC, RLC

Target Audience: Licensed Nurses and other interested healthcare workers

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss biological nursing as it applies to breastfeeding in the hospital setting.
  • Examine the criteria for a hospital's Baby-Friendly designation.

 Length of Course: 2.5 hours

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 2.5 contact hours.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.25 CEUs (2.5 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.


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