This breastfeeding curriculum has been designed to be flexible and to be adapted into an existing curriculum. This Implementation Guide provides a step-by-step guide to starting your own curriculum the ground up.
- Conduct a needs assessment:
- What is currently taught about breastfeeding within your educational setting?
- Who teaches the breastfeeding content currently?
- What do faculty know about breastfeeding, and are they able to teach about it?
- If faculty are capable of teaching about breastfeeding, what audiences are they comfortable teaching?
- How well do the faculty and residents promote, manage, and support breastfeeding? (You can find this out by surveying mothers, nurses, residents, and faculty, about their experiences.)
- Are staff at the hospital (especially the residents) able to breastfeed or express breast milk at work?
- Determine the breastfeeding rates at your institution (at discharge and 6 months). See the data collection guide in this curriculum for reference.
- Gain buy-in: Bring key faculty & administration into the idea of establishing a breastfeeding curriculum (Department Chairman, Residency Program Director, GME director, etc.).
- Provide Training: What staff members need to be trained to teach breastfeeding? Do we have any staff policies that are not breastfeeding friendly? What systems need to change at the hospital level?
- Develop a Timeline and Implementation Plan: How long do your learners need on breastfeeding (1 rotation, 1 year, 1 day)? What activities would be best (grand rounds, noon conferences)?
- Develop a Budget: Do you need to purchase any additional teaching resources?
- Create an Evaluation Plan. Use this curriculum's pre/posttest or develop your own. Learner Activity Checklist/sign off form. This is an example of how to track learners' progress.
- Implement the Curriculum: Organize a kickoff event to raise awareness
- Continue to Train and Support your Faculty
- Periodically Reassess your Program
Prior Implementation Strategies: This curriculum has been piloted in 14 residency programs. Here are 4 different examples from medical centers who adapted this curriculum into their existing program.
MetroHealth Newborn Nursery Rotation
MetroHealth Obstetric/Gynecologic Strategy
Texas Tech University Health Center